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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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Car smells like gas, no it starts fine same as usual, 2002

Customer Question

car smells like gas
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: no it starts fine same as usual
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 2002 ford taurus
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yea check fuel line checked fuel injectors
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I put it on the meter fuel volume regulator open
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Mike S. replied 2 months ago.

Ignore that robot, they usually don't have a clue as to what you are talking about.

Now, can you smell if the gas fumes are coming from under the hood, so pop the hood and smell around, then smell in each wheel well, while the engine is idling or off if the smell is still present with the engine off, but for the smell out the tailpipe, the engine should be running. Put the palm of our hand a few inches from the tailpipe, far enough away that you don't get burned, cause it can get hot, then allow the exhaust to blow onto your palm for a few seconds, then smell your palm. Does it smell like gasoline and if so, is there gas or anything else dripping from the tailpipe?