I Smell Gas in My Car...Is this Normal?

The unmistakable scent of gasoline...definitely normal at the gas station, but is it normal to start smelling gas while your vehicle is in motion? Most drivers assume that if they start smelling gasoline, it's probably normal because their vehicle runs on gas. However, beyond refueling at the gas station, you shouldn't be smelling gas while your vehicle is running. 

Our modern cars are designed so that our drive is as comfortable as possible. Nobody wants to be inhaling the scent of gasoline, which is why our vehicles are made to hide the smell of fuel even as our vehicles are using it do operate. So that begs the question, why am I smelling gas in my car? 

The most sensible explanation for this is that there is a fuel leak somewhere in your vehicle. The fuel system is a complicated array of working components which help your vehicle perform its combustion process, which in turn runs your vehicle. Typically, a fuel system leak can occur with the fuel filter hose, fuel filter, or fuel lines. However, the issue can also be with an emissions system component including leaky valves, hoses or canisters. 

Leaking fuel is never a good sign, and definitely isn't good for your vehicle. First of all, this means that your vehicle is leaking the fuel you paid for, and if you're smelling it, it is more than likely happening quickly. On top of that, leaking fuel means that fuel is probably contaminating other systems, which can lead to needing more repairs on top of just fixing the leak. 

This is why it is so important to bring your vehicle into the professionals here at Victory Auto Service & Glass as soon as you start smelling gasoline while driving and it doesn't go away. We will determine the exact source of the smell and ensure that your return to the road quickly with a repaired vehicle. Give us a call or stop by our shop today for service!

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