Question about 1996 Dodge Intrepid
If your check engine light is on when the car is running, then that means there is probably a trouble code stored in your vehicles computer. With a code reader, you can find out what the code is. That will direct you to the problem. You can post your code here and we will tell you what it means.
Regarding the 'gas' smell, first check to see if your car is running 'rich'. You can rub your finger inside the tailpipe and see if there is a lot of black soot there, which would indicate its running too rich (too high of a fuel to air mixture). If this is inconclusive to you, remove the spark plugs and check if they are with black soot on them where the pin is. This will tell you how the engine is running in terms of fuel mixture. If they are black, then you have found the problem (fuel injection problem or Oxygen sensor, most likely). The trouble code might also point to this. Other than that, sometimes an exhaust leak can cause fumes to leak up into the car when running. My car had the gas smell problem and it was both a hole in the exhaust under the car and an overly rich fuel mixture. I had black soot inside the tailpipe and black sooty spark plugs and the final problem ended up being a bad oxygen sensor (located on the intake manifold), that was sending an improper signal to the vehicle's computer, thus the reason for the problem.
Posted on Sep 24, 2009
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