Hi, I have a 94 Mazda mx3 Precidia and I can smell gas near my back tire right near the filler neck. I took it in and the mechanics have said there is no leak, i have no clue what the problem is and would be greatly appreciated if you could help me out. thanks
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Re: after putting gasoline in my car
Raise the car w/ a jack and place on safety stands after your next fill up. Look at gas tank, vent hoses, fill hose, fuel lines , something is definitely leaking. It could be anything from rusty deteriorating gas tank, or fuel lines, to a loose connection of the fill pipe, rotted, split vent line, etc. Check this out asap as this sounds like a serious safety concern, you don't want to be driving a fire bomb
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If it is running fine, the busted bolt isn't the source of the gasoline smell. The intake manifold has vacuum, so the smell wouldn't be getting out, air would be going in, and a vacuum leak would give you poor idling. The exhaust manifold wouldn't have much raw gasoline smell. But it would have loud noise if the broken bolt were causing an exhaust leak.
Check that the vapor recovery line is not broken or disconnected. The hose connectors get cracked. If that were broken, it would cause a gasoline smell after the car has been sitting, especially if it has been sitting in the sun, heat driving gasoline vapor out of the tank. It is supposed to condense in the vapor canister, but some escapes if the line is broken. If it is broken, driving would **** out the gasoline from the line and the wind would dissipate the smell.
Or it could be a leaking injector. With the injector cover off, engine idling and cool, you can visually look for raw gas around the injectors and injector rail connections.
The charcoal filter is used to filter fumes from the fuel tank. There is a vent line, that comes from your fuel tank to this filter. (Charcoal canister)
Now since the charcoal filter has been completely soaked with gasoline, it will no longer function as it should. Even with vapors from the fuel tank vent line, the canister only has a working 'life' of so far. You will smell gasoline in strong amounts until it is replaced.
Can't comment whether it is safe or not. (In my thinking, you are driving around with a charcoal canister, that has a charcoal filter soaked with gasoline. I wouldn't use it this way, but that is just my thoughts)