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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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I smell gas when I exist the car, yes, Ford Taurus 2003 4

Customer Question

I smell gas when I exist the car
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: yes
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: Ford Taurus 2003 4 door
JA: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Jared D replied 3 months ago.

Hi,

Do you have a check engine light on the dash?

How often do you smell gas? Does it matter how hot it is outside?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
no When I come near the car no
Expert:  Jared D replied 3 months ago.

So no check engine light?

How often do you smell gas? Does it matter how hot it is outside?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
no
Expert:  Jared D replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry, are my questions not coming through all the way?

How often do you smell gas? Does it matter how hot it is outside?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Often.
No
Expert:  Jared D replied 3 months ago.

Does it look like this service isn't going to work for you? Figuring this out together will require just a tiny bit more participation on your part. If that isn't going to work please let me know.

Expert:  Jared D replied 3 months ago.

This is usually because one or more of the spark plugs is not seated all the way and combustion gas is blowing past the spark plug. Re-seat the spark plugs and recheck for the odor.

If the odor is still there, block off the EVAP system and see if the smell is gone. This will require the use of a diagnostic scan tool and maybe a smoke machine to do it right, but you could pinch off the fuel evap lines near the gas tank if the test equipment isn't available.

If the smell is gone, check for a restricted canister, raw fuel in the canister, or a stuck open purge valve.