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Gasoline Odor About 2 weeks ago I noticed that when I woul get out of the car a strong gasoline odor coming from the car. Since then the odor also occurs when I turn on the heat or just the blower. Can someone please let me know what they believe the issue is?

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    No puddle below the car and I am still getting approx the same gas mileage

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A gasoline leak on or around the engine. Bad mileage lately? Check fuel lines and where parked to see if anygasoline leak.  

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