Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I smell gas under my hood and around my engine.

asked by on

I started to do some work on my car last night when i smelled gas and drove it to see what was going on and when I got back home i thought I saw gas around my engine or something but I know I smell it.

My car has 236980 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You could have fuel leaks on the fuel rail ...

You could have fuel leaks on the fuel rail or any of the fuel injectors. You could also have a fuel tank vapor line to the intake manifold leaking vapor. Any fuel leak should be thoroughly investigated to isolate the cause of the leak. The vehicle should not be driven due to the possible fire hazard the leak poses until the fuel smell is identified and repaired. A certified YourMechanic technician can come to your location to perform an inspection of this smell in your vehicle, and help with any repairs.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car hesitates, stalls at idle, P0102 code

Hello. This can be caused by a number of things. I usually install a scan tool first to see what the sensors are reading. Most of the time this is caused by a leaking intake manifold gasket. This is a...

Q: Water soaked carpets leaks

Hello there. A few different items can cause a leak when it rains for the 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva. The most common are a window seal, door seal, damaged door, or sunroof seal if equipped. Any of the seals should be...

Q: Doing less MPG than before and I sometime feel heavy slow during driving

This may be related to what is called a mass air flow sensor. This is a unit that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. This unit sends a signal...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...