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My car smells like strong peppers after driving a short distance only on the outside

Its has only happened a few times but it has a strong smell of peppers after it has been turned off right as soon as i open the door. what could this be?

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SOURCE: gasoline smell

MINE DID THIS WHEN THE FUEL PUMP STARTED GOING OUT I CHANGE IT AND BAM FIXED THE PROBLEM WHEN THE PUMP SLAKS UP PUMPING THE COMPUTER TELLS IT TO PUMP MORE AND MORE AND WHEN THE PUMP KICKED IN IT WAS TO MUCH GAS AND FUEL ODOR EGULPED THE INTERIOR OF THE CAR HOPE THIS HELPS

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SOURCE: Gas smell from car after driving

busted fill spout as if gets hot pressure builds in tank causing the smell

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: fuel leak, strong gas smell inside and outside of car

when you look for a fuel leak, make sure the engine is running. the fuel lines will be pressurized and you are more likely to spot the leak. if you see fuel squirting, be careful since it under a lot of pressure. it might look like a single strand of a spider web. also, you should wear eye protection since gas in the eye would be a bad thing. needless to say, don't light a match or lighter for light to find the fuel leak. since gas is explosive, you probably should take it to a shop if you can't fix it. it could be dangerous if gas drips on a hot part. fuel vapors are explosive too.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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SOURCE: what will cause a strong gas smell after turning off engine

Check the fuel cap gasket to be sure it is not torn or worn. After that check the vent hoses that run from the fuel tank to the charcole canister located somonwhere under the hood. Is the smell stronger under the hood or toward the rear of the car? If you cannot find the problem, a fuel leak is dangerous and should be attended to ASAp by somone that has the experience to repair the problem
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Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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SOURCE: car smells like gas but no leaks

Vapor cannister hose under hood could be off or cracked.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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