Why does my car smell like gas when I start it ? Lot of us has this questions. There is no good reason to have fuel smell in your car if you are not driving a vintage car. Fuel smell is bad thing for car. This is the first sign that your car engine has some kind of problems you need to fix it before it’s too late. There are numerous reasons for the fuel smell in your car. Some of these reasons are not any fault of your car but fault of yours. And some of them are first sign of problems in the engine. So let me tell you about the five most common reasons for fuel smell in your car.
Fuel line leakage
This is the most common reason of fuel smell in the car. This is the most dangerous one too. It is easy to understand that if your car has fuel line leak. If you park your car from couple of hours and find there is fuel under the car that means you have leak in the fuel line. Fuel line with time get rod or get one or two leak. It is normal. You should take it to the mechanics rather than try to find the leak all by yourself. Even if you find out the leak you will need mechanics help to repair it.
Fuel tanks leak
Both fuel tanks leak and fuel line leak seems to have the same type of type of symptoms. We will find a large wet spot under the car the place where you have parked the car. I also recommend you that you must go mechanics to solve these problems. These leaks are hard to find. So find a good mechanics to fix this problem.
Leak in Fuel Injector
Fuel injector’s brings the fuel to the engine. If for any reason it worn off there will be fuel smell in your car. Your car fuel consumption rate will be higher than normal. Open your car hood and take a good look at the fuel injector and surrounding parts of it. If you find wet spots than you have find the culprit. But it is not easy to fins and there is no guaranty that you can find these problems without ant test. Sometimes the leak is so small that is next to impossible to find it.
Fault in Emissions systems
Sometimes when your car gets old you face problems in emissions systems. Emissions system makes sure of safe exit of the fuel remains and also makes sure that your car does not stink. If there is any leak in the emissions system there will be granted smell of fuel in your car. You must look at the charcoal canister in your fuel emissions system. But it can anywhere else in the whole emissions system.
You may find it quite funny but sometimes these things happen because of some silly mistakes. It can be a missing gas cup or a faulty ha cup can the main culprit of all these. There are many people who forget to lock the gas cup properly. It is quite natural that you will smell fuel if the gas cup is not properly locked. You must check there very first if you smell any fuel smell. And for old cars sometimes the gas cap gets damaged with time. So for them it is quite natural that get the fuel smell.
But at the end it may not your car fault all the time. If you are smelling gas in your car, it can be possible that the source is someone or something else. If you’re driving on the highway or near gas stations there could be a spill or leak from something else causing the smell. Even you can get fuel smell in your car if you park your car beside a faulty car that leaks oil than your car can smell like fuel also.
Roll your windows down and give it another minute and smell again. If the smell is gone then it’s possible the leak wasn’t you but someone or something else. Check your car from time to time so that this kind of problems does not appear.