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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:31 PM
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Fuel smell!

Hey chaps, for some reason when the landy is running there is a somewhat strong smell of petrol. It is obviously worse outside the car and may be expected but it is the fumes on the inside that worry me. At times, the smell can get a bit strong and headache inducing. Does anybody have any ideas on where the smell may be coming from, where to find it, and how to fix it?
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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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i am also interested in responses to this question as I have the same issue with my 83 110.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 04:15 PM
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Sumthin' is a leaking somewhere!
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Old January 13th, 2014, 04:21 PM
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You have to look for the leak. There is no way that people on the internet can figure out the location.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 04:38 PM
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Hey chaps, for some reason when the landy is running there is a somewhat strong smell of petrol. It is obviously worse outside the car and may be expected but it is the fumes on the inside that worry me. At times, the smell can get a bit strong and headache inducing. Does anybody have any ideas on where the smell may be coming from, where to find it, and how to fix it?
Same thing happened when I first bought my truck and it turned out to be a manifold gasket.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 04:39 PM
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If you have no visible fuel leak you may have a detached vapor line on your tank. Has anyone tinkered with your fuel tank lately? In order check that out you'll have to drop the tank potentially.

You could lower the tank slightly and use an flex inspection camera to check it out. When you max out your tank when fueling you should leak fuel from the tank area if a hose is loose or detached.
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I am sure it is my manifold gasket.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 05:53 PM
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Hey chaps, for some reason when the landy is running there is a somewhat strong smell of petrol. It is obviously worse outside the car and may be expected but it is the fumes on the inside that worry me. At times, the smell can get a bit strong and headache inducing. Does anybody have any ideas on where the smell may be coming from, where to find it, and how to fix it?
You'll need to look look look.
I always take a brief look under the hood (bonnet) and if there is no visible drips get under the vehicle with it running and start at the tank and work forward. Look for drips and cracked fuel lines.

Every 2.25 or 2.5 petrol import I've ever seen had cracked fuel lines back by the tank that leaked gas.

Keep a fire extinguisher or 2 in your vehicle at all times and don't let anyone smoke anywhere near it.

You gave us very little to go on like posting which engine you have for a start.

It always amazes me when I see a post like yours... we need more info to help us help you!

BTW: this is not meant to slight you in any way, people here actually want to help.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 12:42 PM
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You'll need to look look look. I always take a brief look under the hood (bonnet) and if there is no visible drips get under the vehicle with it running and start at the tank and work forward. Look for drips and cracked fuel lines. Every 2.25 or 2.5 petrol import I've ever seen had cracked fuel lines back by the tank that leaked gas. Keep a fire extinguisher or 2 in your vehicle at all times and don't let anyone smoke anywhere near it. You gave us very little to go on like posting which engine you have for a start. It always amazes me when I see a post like yours... we need more info to help us help you! BTW: this is not meant to slight you in any way, people here actually want to help.
of course! Sorry, I knew I was forgetting something. The landy is a 1983 110 with a carbed 3.5l v8 (the early ones). If you need any more info, let me know.
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On the V8 check the valley area between the 2 cylinder heads (in the middle of the engine). Fuel can leak in a hidden manner into this V8 abyss and evaporate leaving only the nose to recognize the leak which remains unseen.

It is also common for drips out of the side drafts to vaporize on a hot manifold.

Also check the overflow pipes which often channel overflow from a side draft down underneath the engine.

Combine these tips with what you read above.

Time for some good lighting and intense investigation.

This needs priority as gas fumes are highly flammable, explosive, dangerous, and so on.

It's up to you now!
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