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I have a 2000 KIA sportage and recently I smell gas while driving. I park on the driveway and couldn't see any leaks anywhere but when I park in the garage, the entire garage smell of gas for the longest time. Can you tell me what seems to be the problem and how do I fix it?

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I had a pinhole develope in the bottom of the gas tank in my 99 Sportage. I had similar symptoms, could not find the leak because the insulation in the skid plate under the gas tank was soaking it up. There was a recall on some of the Sportages for this problem. You can give you VIN number to a Kia dealer and they can check or you can contact Kia directly. You might be able to get it repaired free of charge.

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