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Acts like its running out of gas, raw gas smell

It has been very cold and sometimes when i warm it up the heat smells like raw gasoline. last few trips to town the car has sometimes done the acting like its out of gas feeling. (gas tank full) someone told me maybe a stuck vent from condensation and to put some heet in the tank. i put the heet in - went to town still the same and today the check engine light came on? oil is new thermostat good and air filter cleaned two weeks ago?

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  • boolabill Jan 19, 2009

    With a newly filled gas tank on my 2002 Outback, I also smelled raw gasoline. One mechanic has told me that the tank is "rotten" on top and needs to be replaced--for over $600.00! ("They do that.") Car runs fine. I'm getting a second opinion.

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Sounds like it could be a leak under the hood. Have someone cycle the key on and off while you look around the engine compartment for a leak. Paying close attention to the fuel rails and lines. If you don't find any leaks by cycling the key start the engine and look. Be careful gas leaks in the engine compartment can be dangerous.

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This suggests you have a fuel leak in the engine compartment. Possibly a leaking fuel manifold (injection rail), or the rubber line from the fuel tank is leaking where it attaches to the manifold. The fuel line to the cold start injector should also be checked. Rubber hoses on older cars become brittle and as they contract from very cold weather will leak. Turn the key to on for 1 minute but do not start the car. Then check under the hood for a raw fuel wet spot where the leak is.

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