!996 Intrepid has fuel smell after filling up and stalls intermittently
When I fill up I never fill more than the first click of the gas hose nozzle. I then for approximately 50 miles get a strong fuel smell. I recently had my fuel pump replaced. I can be driving down the road when all of a sudden the car stalls. It then takes about 10 minutes before it will start again. I have been havng trouble starting the engine for a few months. I will turn it over a few times, then turn it over a few times, then the third time turning it over, it starts right up. I hope this is enough information to get a good answer that will help. I have had the gas tank checked twice for leaks, but they say I must be filling the tank too full. I know this is not the case.
Re: !996 Intrepid has fuel smell after filling up and...
I just emailed this to someone else, it might be your problem. Also, what I didn't mention to this guy, is the recall also states that a fuel line somewhere up there can crack too. Look it up to see exactly what I'm trying to say, just get on google and it will pop up.
A factory recall put out in AUG 98. The seals on the fuel lines up on the top of the motor wear out and when the engine is hot they expand and then leak fuel when the engine starts to cool off, you don't get the correct fuel pressure to the injectors, and you have to flood it to get it to start or let it sit longer. Just go down to your local Dodge dealership and they will fix it for free, I'm getting mine done Monday, my car is a 95 with 166k, and it won't cost me anything. Google recalls on 96 dodge intrepids with the 3.5 L if you don't believe me.
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All it takes is to have fuel seep for a smell. Inspect all fuel lines and fuel injectors/pressure regulator for dampness/stains. Make sure fuel cap seals well. If fuel tank is filled to the max, it can cause the charcoal canister to fill with fuel as well resulting in a gas smell.
the filler tube relies on an air bleed hose that runs from the top of the tank to where you place the filler nozzle. This allows air in the tank to bleed out as you are filling it. If this tube is blocked (pinched) then the air has to come out the filler tube past the nozzle and any fuel will cut the flow of at the nozzle.
normally the pump stops the nozzle from pumping gas,your gas tank is full. bypassing this safety feature is not reccomended as the tank will become over pressurized and eventually you will smell gas around your vechicule due to a blown seal between the tank and filler neck.
The problem is that your gas tank "pushes back" like it's full even when it isn't and makes the fuel valve click off. Tom and Ray on Car Talk covered this in a 2007 show and I pasted some of their response below:
"RAY: This condition is probably caused by either a blockage in your gasoline vapor recovery lines or a bad refueling control valve.
TOM: Gasoline vaporizes. How do we know that? Well, when gasoline is spilled, you can smell it, right? What you're smelling is vaporized gasoline.
RAY: And in the old days, when you filled up your tank, all the air inside the tank -- the air filled with gasoline vapors -- came whooshing out through the filler hole or through a vent at the top of the gas tank.
TOM: But then people in places like Los Angeles realized they couldn't see the person standing next to them due to smog. And since gasoline vapors contribute to smog, car makers were forced to install devices to capture those vapors.
RAY: So now each car has a vapor recovery unit that collects the gasoline vapors from the tank and then, the next time the car is started, sends them to the engine, where they're combusted. Your vapor recovery system isn't working, Lottie. One possibility is that one of the rubber hoses is blocked or collapsed."
thats just the tank venting as you are filling and driving off for the first time, nothing to worry about unless the smell continues then it could ither be fuel cap or maybe a perished fuel hose. hope this helped.
I have seen the same issue, the nozzles click off at some stations, others do not. One thing that I have tried and had a bit of success with is pressing the nozzle real tight against the filler hole. The rush of air coming up the filler neck is what clicks off the nozzle, not the fuel. So, pressing in tighter seems so let the pressure equalize in the filler neck. Try it, maybe it will work for you.