Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car cranks a lot, turns off while idling, gas smell in the car

asked by on

Hi.My car has been misfiring but usually runs well. Recently, It started dying out while idling. I think that the fuel pump is working normally, by the sound of it. But, there is a gas smeel in the car. When I try to start it up, it would just turn off. It would crank a lot and occasionally it would turn on but after a couple of seconds turns off completely. Do you have any idea what could be the issue? Thank you.

You need to have the fuel injection checked to see if the system has a fuel injection leak or a pressure regulator leaking. The fuel system, including the filter and pump lines, needs checking to see why you are smelling fuel. Some of these vehicles have had fuel injection pressure regulators that leak and can contaminate the oil and cause excessive fuel odor inside the car. To verify this, I recommend having a certified technician inspect the smell in the car and look for leaks. From there, they will be able to perform the repairs that are needed to address your issue.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: No brakes when starting

Hey there, there are several possibilities for this to occur on your 2008 Pontiac Solstice. In this case, it sounds like there could be moisture building up in the lines or a leak causing air to enter the hydraulic braking...

Q: My van is doing some weird things like misfiring down the highway.

Hi there. It sounds like the alternator is seizing up and needs replaced. This would explain the lights dimming and the smell of burnt rubber. Also, if the power steering pump was to seize up, it will cause the engine...

Q: 3800 series 2 gm motor does the rwd aluminium intake manifold suffer the same famous coolant leak as the fwd cars my car is 1999

Hi there. Well, to be honest, the biggest reason why these intakes are famous for failing is due to consumers pushing the edge on overheating issues. Although the plastic (polymer) intake tends to be susceptible to causing head gasket damage,...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...