Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I'm smelling gas after I drive everytime

asked by on

After everytime I drive or leave the car in idle I start to smell gas and I know it is not the exhaust

My car has 99678 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I did not seem to find any technical bulletins for this issue. I would first recommend not driving the vehicle until you have the system checked to see what kind of fuel leak or vapor leak you are having.

If you are smelling the fuel then the vapors can be ignited. It may be dangerous to drive the vehicle. The thing to do is to stop and turn off the vehicle and walk around the car to see if the odor is coming from the front or rear of the car. If it is coming from the rear then the fuel tank may have a leak at the lines on top of the fuel tank or in the vapor lines coming off of the tank.

If you notice the odor coming from the front of the car, then open the hood and carefully look to see if you can identify any fuel leaking on the engine fuel injection system or the vapor lines that go from the fuel tank up to the engine.

Remember that if you can smell the leak it can be dangerous to drive the vehicle as it could catch fire. If you need further assistance, a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can come to your home or office to detect the leak for you. From there, they will be able to make the necessary repairs to get you safely back on the road.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. I'm smelling gas after I drive everytime

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: To change the oil pan in replace the oil pump do I have to remove any transmission parts

Hi Robert. Removing the oil pump on these GM engines can be rather frustrating. I like to remove the transfer case to gain clear access to it. I would strongly recommend downloading or purchasing a service manual for your Pontiac,...

Q: Why does my B1 service code show? I serviced it 3 months ago

The service intervals for Hondas are set to turn on the service light at a certain mileage and should be every 5,000 miles. If whoever did your last service did not reset the service back to zero then the light...

Q: Air conditioning blows hot on one side and cold on the other side

There are two possible scenarios that could be causing your problem: As crazy as it sounds, I have had a low refrigerant charge in the a/c system as a cause of this, so it may just be that your...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...