Why does my car smell like gas?
May 20, 2011 6:40 PM Subscribe
Why does my Subaru Forester smell like gasoline, and how can I make it not smell like gasoline?
posted by escabeche to travel & transportation (9 answers total)
For the last couple of weeks I've been occasionally noticing a gasoline smell around my 2000 Forester. It's not the same problem TWPL had in this thread
; even in Wisconsin it's not cold this time of year, and I've actually been noticing it more on hot days. There's no smell inside the cabin, but when I get out of the car after driving for a while, i catch a whiff of gas outside the right side of the car, where the tank is. I've sometimes also smelled it in the hatchback. The smell isn't strong and it seems to dissipate completely within a few minutes. But it's definitely there; both my wife and I have noticed it, about three times each.
OK, obviously, "take the car in to your mechanic." I already did. They checked the fuel tank and found no leaks. He said if gas vapor was getting into the cabin, the "Check Engine" light would come on; it hasn't. But any suggestion of gasoline floating freely around my car makes me leery about driving it. What's my next move? Is there something else I should ask my mechanic to look at specifically? Is it safe to keep driving and see if the problem goes away? How likely is my car to, like, abruptly catch fire under these circumstances? (Last two questions are related, obviously.)