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2002 Beetle: smell of gasoline since vacuum hose was replaced

I drove it for two months or so with a split hose without knowing it before having it replaced. The check engine light had come on but I hadn't noticed it because there is ALWAYS some light or another coming on so I wasn't paying attention. After the hose was replaced I began to smell gasoline whenever I get out of the car (driver side only). Also, the check engine light still keeps coming right back on...diagnostics have been run and all checks out. Do you know what might be wrong? Also, is it safe to drive?

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  • ahart581 Jan 26, 2009

    It wasn't a VW part. My mechanic (who does this work for me on the side), had to adapt a similar hose to fit it.



    When you say "cleaned up the mess it made", where would that gasoline have leaked to?



    (sorry, you're talking to a woman who knows nothing about cars)

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    Next time the check engine light come on stop at autozone and have them read the codes (free)

  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    you could have a vapor hose that has come off and is allowing the gas fumes to come up where you smell it. Also, if the old hose leaked badly and no one cleaned up the mess it made, you may be smelling the residual gas.

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    was the hose replaced by the same type of hose ?

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If the hose he used wasn't made to hold gas, it is going to melt. If he crimped it to make it fit and the fuel pressure is too great, it may split. You should get the factory part, if it is a shaped hose, not a straight section that can be clamped into the system. As for where the fuel may go, you need to look at the area under the hose that split to see if there are stains that still smell strong from the gas that collected on that area.

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