Smells Of Gas


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace fuel line (1 reports)
1994 Mercury Villager fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1994 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


When starting in cold weather, a strong smell of gas is caused by a leaking fuel hose under the intake manifold on the passenger side of the engine. Only occurs in cold weather almost always when starting. A metal fuel line comes up under the manifold, joins to a 3-4 inch rubber fuel line, then back to a metal fuel line going to the back. The design engineer for this needs to be hung up by his thumbs. Why is this line not continuous metal? And if you really had to put in a rubber line segment, why on Gods green earth is a rubber fuel line under the intake and right above the exhaust manifold not shielded?

Replacing this short section of fuel line was a major PITA. You are working under the intake manifold with a section too short to just bend the rubber line and slip over each end of metal line. Not wanting to remove the intake manifold or bend metal fuel lines back and forth, I worked with long skinny tools and slide the new section all the way back on one side, then slid it forward to the other side, secured the clamps. Sounds easy? HA!

- Tom C., Moriarty, NM, US

problem #2

Feb 142002

(reported on)


  • 105,000 miles

Smell of gas first noticed this winter. Usually only when first starting car. Doesn't happen every time. Haven't taken to dealer yet.

- David B., Massena, NY, US

problem #1

Jan 012002

(reported on)


  • 100,000 miles

smells of gas, but only when it is cold outside. it is a bad problem

- Jeff J., Indpls, IN, US

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