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Smell of fuel

Have a 2001 6 cyl Ford Escape and the car is difficult to start as if the idle is too low. After the vehicle runs for several minutes it seems fine. There is a gas ododr coming from under the vehicle and not in the engine compartment. Fuel filter problem is my guess but need the opinion of an expert.

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  • kenlms Nov 12, 2008

    I have a 2001 Escape which had the smell of fuel. Checking under the car, I did not see a fuel leak until after I filled the tank. Fuel was dripping out of an in accessable part of the tank. Dealer said it was a slight crack at the air breather inlet of the tank which could be repaired but they could not guarantee it won't crack or leak somewhere else. Either way it was going to take 3 hours to remove and 3 hours to reinstall the tank. I am still waiting for the tank to be replaced (waiting on parts).

  • Erik Lindebrekke May 11, 2010

    what do you mean by "as if the idle is too low",  does the car start normally but then idle at less than 750 rpms? or idle rough? If either of these is the case it could be bad gas, fuel injectors or fuel pump. As far as the odor, do you every see any fluid if you look under the car? A punctured fuel line would be rare but would fit all your symptoms. hope this helps :) 

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What do you mean by "as if the idle is too low",  does the car start normally but then idle at less than 750 rpms? or idle rough? If either of these is the case it could be bad gas, fuel injectors or fuel pump. As far as the odor, do you every see any fluid if you look under the car? A punctured fuel line would be rare but would fit all your symptoms. hope this helps :) 

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