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Old 03-24-2009, 10:01 AM
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Question Fuel Smell Please Help

OK lets start out by saying I do not have a Civic, but a Classic Mini with a civic engine in it. I have been driving it for few thousand miles now with out any issues. The engine has been in for about 2 years, but I just started driving it on a regular basis.

A few days ago I started noticing a fuel smell. At first I thought it was coming from another vehicle, but later figured it was coming from mine. It seems to happen only when the vehicle is driving. I tried to check it out while idling and reving the engine in my garage, but couldn't get the smell to come. Also, I can only smell it when the windows are down, not sure if that is significant. It seems to always be there when I am driving now and is pretty significant. I can smell it when driving slow (20mph) and while on the highway. Any ideas? I am not sure where to start other then checking everything that fuel goes though. Thanks.

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Old 03-24-2009, 10:48 AM
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Maybe you are running really rich and its coming from the exhaust? Check the fuel filter and the fuel lines also.
 
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:00 AM
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What Civic engine?

Could be a cracked header. I've had a 1998 LX, 1999 DX, 2000 DX, and a 2000 LX all have headers crack when the mileage gets past 100K, and that lets engine exhaust leak out and start circulating into the cabin.
 
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I will check those out. I don't suspect that I would all of a sudden start running really rich unless something has gone wrong. It wasnt smelling a week ago.

It is a b18 out of a 94 integra gsr.
 
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Could be a cracked header. I've had a 1998 LX, 1999 DX, 2000 DX, and a 2000 LX all have headers crack when the mileage gets past 100K, and that lets engine exhaust leak out and start circulating into the cabin.
Is this a common problem or do you have really bad luck?

OP, if you have an EVAP system, you also might want to inspect the vacuum lines.
 
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I don't know if this is a common problem.
 
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by pjku79 View Post
I don't know if this is a common problem.
Sorry, my question was directed at itinerant.

OP, does your Civic have an EVAP system?
 
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I don't believe so, where would it be located?
 
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:55 AM
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This should give you a sense about what EVAP components in the engine bay look like:

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Do the mini's have a fuel pump access door under the rear seat or in the rear cargo area? If so you could check that seal and make sure nothing has happened to it.
 
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