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Feul smell in car when cold out

When it gets down in the minus teens and I start the car there is a srtong odour of gas. I am also having problems with the rpm gauge. When I accelerate and hit about 3000 rpm my temperature gauge goes down to the cold mark. The colder it is out, the less rpm's it takes to make the temp gauge drop.

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The car will run richer in cold weather, especially at start. You may have an exhaust leak. Put something over the tail pipe and listen for hissing under the car. Any hiss is an exhaust leak, must be fixed.
The gauge thing may be an old, loose alternator belt, giving low voltage when things are cold and stiff. A new belt may help. Do a voltage check while watching the gauges..

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SOURCE: 2000 Nissan Altima temperature gauge and heater problem

sounds like you need to replace the thermostat.

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