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sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  ASE Master and Advanced level certified. Factory trained with 17 years dealership experience
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It was driving fine, then all of a sudden today the

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It was driving fine, then all of a sudden today the malfunction indicator lamp came on, and the smell of gas was around when it was sitting idle
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: I don't think it's a gas hog, and it started up as usual, but then seemed sluggish.
JA: What is the model/year of your Buick?
Customer: Also the service StabiliTrak® System keeps coming on and off it's a 2013 buick regal
JA: Are you fixing your Regal yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing so far. I drove it to autozone around the corner from my house. they could not find anything with the reading Then we undid the battery and waited a few minutes and rehooked it up to see if the computer would reset It came back on smell started again
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: again, it just happened today for the first time
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer

The engine light came on because the powertrain control module saw a failure in a monitored component and set fault codes. The fuel smell could be from the exhaust due to it running very rich, it could be an actual fuel leak, or you may have an evaporative emissions system leak.

Disconnecting the battery cleared the stored fault codes that were necessary to begin diagnosing the problem. The possible fuel leak needs to be addressed first to determine if the vehicle is safe to operate. If safe then it needs to be driven or ran long enough for the engine light to come on again, and then fault codes need to be read to be able to begin testing.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you. Appreciate your help.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 month ago.
You're welcome!
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