I own a KIA sportage 2009. I've noticed recently that one I start my car, it smells like gas, but outside. This usually goes away once I start driving. It mainly happens in the morning. I checked for any leaks on the floor but couldn't find any...
My car has 85000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
Anytime you smell gasoline, it should be taken very serious. 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 of these issues, combined with excessive heat under the hood of the engine could cause a fire to occur. I would recommend that you have a professional mechanic complete a smell in the car inspection; so they can find the source of the gas smell and make the right repairs.
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