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I am smelling fuel. i traced line from tank to filter and cant see anything. there seems to be a trail of gas on ground directly in line with fuel line.where else could this come from

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After the filter, the fuel line goes to the pump, and then to the engine. There are also over flow and vent lines that can leak.
This is hard to see on the ground.
Either the car needs to be up on jack stands or a hoist.
Fuel leaks are dangerous, so don't wait.

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