'02 WRX Wagon
I started smelling fuel in the car about a week ago and it seems to match the TSB (regarding the rubber hose in cold weather) pretty well. I talked with Subaru and they won't cover the $ of the TSB as the car is out of warranty I do have a question though: the TSB seems to indicate that the leak is caused by a rubber hose that is too short. Cold weather makes the hose shrink which causes it to leak. Would the leak continue once the engine is warmed up? Mine does... It actually smells worse once the engine is warmed up.
While inspecting the fuel lines looking for the fuel leak, I noticed that the "top" of the engine (under the intake manifold; flat block area) is covered puddles of coolant. Now that it's cold out (-25C / -15F) I can see it steam come out of the hood scoop when stopped after the car is warm. From the amount of steam and the fact that it doesn't go away (over several days), it must be a relatively good sized leak. Any ideas on what could be leaking under there? Frost plug? Block heater? Bypass hose?
I'm pretty sure the intake is going to have to come off. How big of a job is that? I have a well equipped garage with a hoist; can it be done in an evening with a helper? Anything special to look out for or is it pretty straight forward? Sorry for the newbie q's; this is my first Subaru.