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1997 Villager gas smell when outside temperatures are hot and vehicle has been driven.

When the weather is warm, as it is often in Tucson, there is a very strong odor of gas inside the vehicle after it's been driven for a while. It seems to be coming from the gas filler area, as opposed to inside the engine compartment.

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  • Lorena Ajack Dec 12, 2012

    Thanks Steve... but this never happens in cold weather, only warm or hot. But as you suggested, there are several rubber hoses with clamps near the gas filler area. I will check them this week and HOPE this takes care of the smell which drives my wife 'crazy' ... me too!
    Thank you for responding so quickly !!!!

  • Lorena Ajack Dec 12, 2012

    Thanks Steve... but this never happens in cold weather, only warm or hot. But as you suggested, there are several rubber hoses with clamps near the gas filler area. I will check them this week and HOPE this takes care of the smell which drives my wife 'crazy' ... me too!
    Thank you for responding so quickly !!!!

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A common problem with Nissan products, which this van is a Nissan Quest with Mercury trim.
There are several small rubber fuel hoses around the intake. When the air temp is cold these hoses can leak and then stop leaking when the air temp warms up.
When the air temp is cold, look around the intake with the engine running and you should see one of the hoses wet with fuel.
Just tighten the clamp.

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  • Lorena Ajack Dec 12, 2012

    This only seems to happen when it's warm or hot outside, but I will check all the hoses and clamps this week. Thanks for your quick reply, Stephen!

  • Lorena Ajack Dec 12, 2012

    Whoops ... somehow my response got posted TWICE.

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    Stephen Dec 12, 2012

    I know - the questions are getting posted more than once too. And I must apoligize, I totally mis-read your question. Its unusual to get one where you smell gas in hot weather instead of cold. Your problem may be a leaking seal around the fuel pump in the tank or the filler neck. Most of the time the check engine light will come on because the computer can not vent the tank correctly, but sometimes the leak is not bad enough to make the warning light come on. I would check around the tank - you may need a shop that can use a machine that checks for hydrocarbons. The pump assembly goes into the tank on the top next to the floor.

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