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Bad o2 sensor

Engine light is on, code says 02 sensors bad. I can smell gas incab, bd gas mileage.

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Does the code say bad rich or lean? If rich, you may have a bad fuel regulator located under the intake manifold. If lean, a bad vacuum leak, but since there is a smell of gas it probably is rich.

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