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    Unhappy Cold Weather=Fuel Smell. Any ideas?

    Hey peeps,

    I'm living up here in Minnesota, and the weather has been pretty cold for the last few days (10 degrees F or below) and I've noticed that there is an overpowering smell of fuel coming out of my 02 WRX.

    I also noticed when I open the hood that there is a some type of vapor rising out of the center-left side of the engine (I included a picture pointing out where its coming from.)

    I'm just worried that this could be a really bad situation. Is this a known issue? Any speculation on what this could be? Sorry I can't give you more detail. If I had an engine diagram (so if you know where I can find one, let me know.) I could tell you specifically where the vapor is rising from. But I am still a newbie at this.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
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    It's a known problem, and your dealer should take care of it at no charge. Here's a NASIOC thread that shows the pertinent TSB.

    NHTSA Launches 2nd 2002 WRX Defect Investigation - Fuel Odor/Leak

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    hah! I knew it. Thanks for your help!

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    Just to complete this reference, here's the TSB posted here. (same as what's in that NASIOC thread).
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    i went to my dealership with the above sheet and i told them that i also smell this alot in a cold weather. They checked the clamps and said that in order to perform a whole replacement of the hoses they need to have car overnight and verify that the problem does occur because it is time consuming for them to make a replacement and they need to know for sure. But i don't have a way to leave a car there and not have it next day. Bastards!
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    Originally posted by rallymaniac
    i went to my dealership with the above sheet and i told them that i also smell this alot in a cold weather. They checked the clamps and said that in order to perform a whole replacement of the hoses they need to have car overnight and verify that the problem does occur because it is time consuming for them to make a replacement and they need to know for sure. But i don't have a way to leave a car there and not have it next day. Bastards!

    you think thats bad? the closest subaru dealer to me is a little over 270 miles... how do i you think i'm going to coup (i spell that right?)

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    You just made my day!

    Thanks for posting this topic...I have been getting this smell too in my '02 and it has been driving me nuts and when I explained it to my local Subaru dealership they thought I was crazy for smelling fuel in the cabin with the heater on. Rat bastards!

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    oh damn guess i have this problem too... i've been smelling fuel in the cabin recently... but i have also been smelling oil (once) too... any idea?!

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    Perhaps we should call subaru and tell them that these problems are not in our mind or they would not have service bulletins/notes about them. As such it becomes a hassle when the dealer wants to hold the vehicle overnight at our expense. Servicing issues are a good deterent to purchasing vehicles. I'm thinking of buying a honda for my next vehicle.
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    just took mine in... already fixed but since i live out of town i won't get a chance to go get it til this saturday... so all week i get to drink a damn hynudai accent... man i'm gonna destroy (purposely) this damn thing... stupid FWD

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