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Ford windstar fuel filter

Small gas leak no signs of gas on ground but plenty of gas odor. What could this be?

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    using too much gas

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You could have a leak either at the throttle body, injector rail or a small craack in the intake. also i would check to see that the fuel lines to the injector rail are secure and tight

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