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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Jan-27-2008, 06:48:02 AM   #1
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Default Smells like gas in my car? What could this be?

Tonight driving to a friend's place, I noticed the smell of gas on the interior of my car. I thought it might be something from the outside seeping in, so I ignored it.

I drove back home about 25 minutes from where I was, and didn't really smell it as much. When I got to my underground parking, I started to smell it again.

I turned the car off, and let it air out. Seems to go away.

Then I started the car again, and turned the heat on, and the smell returned.

I tried again with the heat off, and it still came back (yet not as strong it didn't seem).

I'm in Toronto, it's -4C (24F), and because the car it wet, I wasn't able to determine if anything is leaking from the bottom.

Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

Thanks as always
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You forgot to take the gas can out the trunk after you filled it up to power the snow blower.
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You forgot to take the gas can out the trunk after you filled it up to power the snow blower.
Haha, nope.

We actually don't have enough snow yet to bring out the blower.

Any other ideas?
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relatively common problem on E36s... this would be one to search for.
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relatively common problem on E36s... this would be one to search for.
Any ideas what causes it?

It's the first time I have ever experienced this, so I am a bit concerned.

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relatively common problem on E36s... this would be one to search for
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Any ideas what causes it?

It's the first time I have ever experienced this, so I am a bit concerned.

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The smell is most likely coming from one of the fuel pump lines. If you pull off your back seat bench you should be able to clearly see the source of the leak.
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The smell is most likely coming from one of the fuel pump lines. If you pull off your back seat bench you should be able to clearly see the source of the leak.
Source of the leak?

Is this something that I have to fix?

P.S. How do I pull off the bench?
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Charcoal Canister Problem.....i have a gas smell from my car when i am getting on it..my sunroof or windows have to be down for me to smell it..which im sure his are up with the weather as cold as it is lol..but still another place to check..my check engine light is on though and its throwing the charcoal switch error.
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Source of the leak?
A loose hose crimp connector.

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Is this something that I have to fix?
Uh... yes. You have fuel leaking, and that's never a good thing.

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How do I pull off the bench?
Pull up and toward you and it'll come out.
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A loose hose crimp connector.



Uh... yes. You have fuel leaking, and that's never a good thing.



Pull up and toward you and it'll come out.
Is this something I can do without much even though I'm mechanically inept?

Also, is it a pressing issue, or can I drive it for a couple of days before I take it to a shop?

Thanks again!
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