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Gas leak in engine compartment.

I was looking to buy a 97 Subaru Legacy, but when i went under the hood i noticed a gas smell and found a small pool of gas sitting under what i think is fuel injection port. There are four of these two on each side of engine, the other three were bone dry and this one was wet. What is it that I'm looking at and what is causing gas to leak out? Would it be a bad gasket and is it a inexpensive fix?

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Without looking at it, If there is raw fuel anywhere up top this is what i would do:
1. check rubber fuel lines on the intake. easy fix if leaking
2. check or replace the fuel injector o-rings they are $3.00 per set easy fix.
3. check cold start injector for fuel leak also easy fix

If no fuel leaks can be found in lines i would go straight for the injector seals but in noway would i let this stop me from buying the car if thats all thats wrong. even if an injector is cracked it is under $80.00 fix. here is a link showing the injector and o-ring position http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/search/Fuel+Injector/02521/C0024.oap?model=Legacy&vi=1269996&year=1997&make=Subaru

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

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  • Lorrin Rames Nov 06, 2012

    Thank you. I will check these out. Since I'm only somewhat mechanically incline, what and where are the o-rings vs seals and is the cold start injector part of the fuel injector or are the same? Also I couldn't find transmisson fulid stick, where is it located?

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    truemoparian Nov 06, 2012

    The cold start is a seperate injector located in the intake manifold. The actual fuel injectors are located more towards the head at the lowest point of the intake manifold if you follow the fuel rail around the intake it will be pushed on top of the fuel injectors and is fairly easy to remove.

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    truemoparian Nov 06, 2012

    http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/1997_S...

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    truemoparian Nov 06, 2012

    http://www.witchhunter.com/subieremoval1...

  • Lorrin Rames Nov 06, 2012

    Thanks Again! The Video and Pictures help me a lot. I would never have found the transmission dip stick.

  • truemoparian
    truemoparian Nov 07, 2012

    my pleasure

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