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Smell of gas fumes underneath vehicle near fuel tank

I have a 2004 Volvo XC-90. I have been smelling gas fumes outside the vehicle. Gas cap seems to be fine but after looking underneath, the smell of fumes are stronger near the gas tank. Don't see any leaks. I do see a gas stain. Could this be a cracked hose or something. Appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks, Gregg Primus I have a 2004 Volvo XC90 and the smell of gas fumes coming from the tank area is very strong. The gas cap seems to be OK and there are no visible leaks. Lately it has become dificult to get the engine started. It used to start at the first crank. Now it takes a good five seconds before it gets going.

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  • buddy21 Nov 18, 2008

    I have had the smell of gas fumes coming from underneath the vehicle for about one month and it seems to be getting worse. The vehicle doesn't start right away anymore either, but this all started with a rattling noise from what sounds to be like something floating around in my gas tank. 

  • jonji7879 Dec 04, 2008

    Same vehicle, 2004 XC90, same gasoline odor. Mine is a leak at the fuel pump. It needs to be replaced. I was told that Volvo is extending the warranty on this issue. However, my local dealer denies it and wants $1200 to replace.

  • knightonl8 Dec 09, 2008

    I have a 2003 XC90 with 48,000 miles. I first smelled gas fumes outside the vehicle, but now the smell is inside the vehicle. Its been about 4 months and the smell is very strong. It is coming from the rear compartment. A good thing I don't smoke. I can't ride with the windows up or down. I have to turn on the A/C. Its winter time.The vehicle is slow to start and getting worst. The mechanic told me that the gaskets on the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The smell worsen.

  • gthv Dec 20, 2008

    I have a 2004 xc90 with the same problem. The fumes are so strong that I took mine in to be looked at. The tech. told me it is the fuel pump and that they see alot of xc90's with the same issue. I was also told the fuel system is almost identical to the models that have already been recalled by volvo. The xc90 has not been recalled and they don't know if they will. The tech told me he sees so many with the same problem that he thinks the DOT should get involved.

  • johndm Dec 27, 2008

    We have a 2003 XC90 with the same problem (gas odor). No visible leaks, but a strong odor in the garage and sometimes within the vehicle. Ours is a Volvo certified car, so the warranty should cover this. It's interesting to see that others are experiencing the same problem, which I'll make sure to mention when we take it into the dealership here in Reno.

  • brokenvolvo Mar 19, 2009

    Same problem here. Is this dangerous or just a big inconvenience?

  • jochoa7 May 17, 2009

    Anybody out there who could describe a step by step procedure to remove and replace the fuel pump and O ring on the Volvo XC90? This would truly be a appreciated by those of us do it yourselfers who are not affraid of getting our hands dirty.

  • Don Luisfer May 18, 2009

    Same problem, same car XC90, 2004. The smell of gas is such that I think it may exploit (blow up) when smoking or using the mobile.
    Has Volvo extended the warranty to anyone on this issue ?
    Our dealer in Costa Rica denies it and also charges around $1200 for changing the fuel pump and respective O´rings.
    Does someone know where to buy a repair manual for this nice looking cars ?
    Thanks !!!.




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    Smell gas fumes under hood

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This sounds like a gas pressure regulatur. a few minutes after starting,you start smelling fumes,and are getting bad gas mileage right?

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Replace the fuel pump. also use new fuel pump and sensor orings

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    Nick Potkay Oct 06, 2013

    Does anyone have pictures of fuel pump on the XC90? Is this the unit on top of the tank near the spare tire? A few people mentioned there was a recall on the fuel pump, does anyone have details on that? THanks

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I have a VOLVO XC90 2004 and it started to have that bad fuel smell in the garage. My wife brought it to the dealer and while I was researching, I found that it has a recall pending from th NHTSA website. I told the dealer about this they said it does not have a recall. Called Volvo North America and they said they have not released the recall but they will in February 2010. Too make it short, the rep called the dealer and explained to them to replace it for free for there will be a recall on it. The hassle to deal with the service advisor is worth it cause I did my due diligence and got the fix for free. :>

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I also have a 2004 XC90 and a couple of months ago I had the exact same probelm... after multiple visits to my dealer's auto shop they figured out that it was the fuel pump. They replaced the fule pump and the smell disappeared. Good luck!

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