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Old 03-29-2015, 10:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Baltothewolf View Post
I agree, it really upsets me when someone says 'Oh I figured it out' but never actually posts what was wrong/how they fixed it.
Hmmm. And here I was thinking I make everyone mad by posting a question I could find by just searching elsewhere.

I haven't found the problem yet, but I'll let you know when I find it.

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Old 04-02-2015, 03:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Filler neck, venting hoses, overflow from the filler area--all could have cracks that let fuel smell out, or hoses could be disconnected or mis-connected. I believe the fuel pump is accessed through the plate on top of the tank, like in my CRX? If so, the seal around it is a huge suspect--you disturbed the seal when changing the pump, and if the seal was compromised somehow you can get fuel odors.

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I had this problem in my '98 Nissan Almera (in 2012) and my inlaws had it in their '96-ish Lada (in 2003).
In both cases the fuel filler pipe had bursted.
Apparently those suffer under mechanical stress between the filler opening and the tank, when that moves about, or something.
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Maybe rust is not common in Texas but it is a 22 year old car. Has it been in Texas the whole time? Has it been dry the whole time? Crawl under the car and feel around above the pinch seam above the middle of the tank. Probably near the front, under the rear seats. Is there a build up of dirt? Is any of it wet? Does it smell of gas?
Please don't dismiss a a proven cause just because you don't think it could happen to you. Look first. Like I said, I had the very same symptoms you state and this was the cause I found after trying many other repairs. If it turns out to not be rust, great.

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