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Old 09-20-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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I think my car is running rich?

Every time I get out of my car I smell like gas and exhaust fumes. Tired of smelling like it. Plus my car is still taking 1 to 2 key turns to start. Just turns over but won't fire right away. Never had this problem before. Put fuel stabilizer in twice that I filled it up now. I'm stumped.
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What year is it? Does it have the charcoal filter hooked up? (askin what year it is because not sure of years they did this) Do you have cats?
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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It's a 1986 mustang GT and it doesn't have cats. It's Mac shorty headers, straight off road H pipe and Mac exhaust with straight pipes out the back.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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Mine smells the same. Got to lookin and the charcoal filter wasn't hooked to the lines. (I didn't even know what it was!lol) It was hacked up so I just removed it. I hear this is a big eliminator of that "fume smell". You're obviously gonna have some of it regardless without running cats.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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Where's this charcoal filter? Never heard of it myself?
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Where's this charcoal filter? Never heard of it myself?
Front lower passenger side of the engine compartment.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:28 PM   #7
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I just didn't want to lead him astray because I wasn't sure what years had it. Hope I don't have him chasing ghosts!lol...
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Is that the little square/rectangle box? If so what do I do with it?
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Is that the little square/rectangle box? If so what do I do with it?
Yes that's it. Just make sure the connections are good and the hoses aren't rotted.
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Yea man. That's it. Is it hooked up? Like I said, mine was trashed. So I knew exactly how to fix it!lol
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Yes that's it. Just make sure the connections are good and the hoses aren't rotted.
The canister filters the vapors from the gas tank and if the lines are rotted its likely you'll smell it.
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Hahaha! Beat me to it...

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Mine had actual liquid fuel in the canister. No bueno...
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Hahaha! Beat me to it...
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I left the shop but I'll check it tomorrow while at work. Where does these hoses go, what does it do? I've always notice it but never thought about it? Will this fix the full smell or just a little bit of the smell? Lol this is got me asking all kinds of questions haha.

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Okay just saw your answer. Thanks guys. This will help a lot!!! The smell was giving me headache and smelled every where I went.
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Mine was in disrepair and got left in the dust...lol! I searched it on google. It pulls vapor out of the fuel tank. Just researched it long enough to figure out I didn't need it really. Like I say, without cats, you're gonna have some of that smell.
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I left the shop but I'll check it tomorrow while at work. Where does these hoses go, what does it do? I've always notice it but never thought about it? Will this fix the full smell or just a little bit of the smell? Lol this is got me asking all kinds of questions haha.

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Okay just saw your answer. Thanks guys. This will help a lot!!! The smell was giving me headache and smelled every where I went.
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Keep us posted.
Will do. First thing on my to do list tomorrow.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:25 PM   #18
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Well everything seems to be okay. Just looked at it real fast and the hoses right there look good. What are my options with this charcoal canister? It is smelling up the inside and me. Is there a line that runs back to the gas tank?

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Sorry man. Pretty much all I know about them is they exist...lol!
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Are you positive its the charcoal canister? Usually it will only create an odor if it has holes in it or leaks. If the smell bothers you I would replace it.
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Are you positive its the charcoal canister? Usually it will only create an odor if it has holes in it or leaks. If the smell bothers you I would replace it.
No that's just one of the suggestion of what's going on. I would like to know. May clothes just smell bad of gas exhaust fumes.
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No that's just one of the suggestion of what's going on. I would like to know. May clothes just smell bad of gas exhaust fumes.
you gonna just have to inspect it real good. visually and with the sniffer.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #23
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Re: I think my car is running rich?

My 95' GT gets has a Gas Vapor smell when I
get down to about a 1/4 tank of gas, as far as
exhaust fumes only when I have the cutouts
open wich is quite often... lol

Police here in the Big Easy don't seem to really
mind....
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