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Offline onemanzu

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Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:15:42 PM »
I'm in the process of doing some searching, but I just want to make sure I'm not crazy, does this really happen, or was I just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

03 wrx

Seems random at best so I want personal experience if possible, to reduce craziness.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 07:51:18 PM »
you need to check to see if the fuel rail recall has been done. i had the same problem and got the recall done, no smell.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 09:30:02 PM »
Ill give duteau a call in the AM, I don't believe it's been done, I think my car was a southern car before I got it.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 12:03:22 AM »
There are only certain years/productions that have the paid recall.  My 02 WRX was one of them.  The monkeywagon had it pretty bad when I bought it also but I had to pay to fix it.  Hope yours is covered.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 12:19:48 AM »
My 00 Obs does it. Annoying.

Offline joeleodee

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 07:28:35 AM »
Yeah, you'll notice it more now that it's colder.  My 05 LGT does it, but no recall.  Personally, I think since the recall only seems to cover certain years of the WRX trim lines, the enthusiasts crowd bitching forced the recall, while those of us who have the same problem, but not as much enthusiasts represented, got left behind.  Make sense?

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 12:09:17 PM »
So, whats the word?

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2012, 10:45:59 AM »
I got a notice on the LCA recall. I inquired about this and thy didn't even care to mention that there was once a recall.

 I'll leave a nice note with the recall number that I want them to fix it under, in the car when I have th LCA inspected.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2012, 01:34:30 PM »
search on here. There is a huge thread about it from '03 or '04.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2012, 10:39:46 PM »
Here....google can be your friend from time to time, some info on it down a little ways:

http://www.eriksmartt.com/blog/archives/52

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 10:40:54 PM »
It includes a copy of the Subaru service bulletin

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2013, 03:38:56 PM »
Called subaru of America today and spoke with Grant.  :-\

recall number# WVK-21

TSB number#

my vin 809066

806970 was vin cut off, and my car does have the "fix"  :sadbanana Since they're full-a-**** looks like I'll have to fix it myself this summer.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 04:06:04 PM »
My car does it, only when the heat is on tho, it was really bad this past winter. I had to shut off the heat a few times just because the smell was so over powering :(.......I should fix it this summer
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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 06:18:39 PM »
My car does it, only when the heat is on tho, it was really bad this past winter. I had to shut off the heat a few times just because the smell was so over powering :(.......I should fix it this summer

My 2000 outback sport does it... I've just learned to keep it on recerc most of the time.  My old WRX did it horribly, had it fixed at the dealer. 

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2013, 09:23:07 PM »
Yeah, I've got no problem with using recirc, it only presents a problem when the windows get foggy

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2013, 11:12:01 PM »
You can try to tighten the clamps on the hoses.  We tightened the ones on my current fozzy and it stopped it for the most part.  If you decide to do it out of pocket, I did on my fozz as it drove me nuts and I didnt want the kid huffing, the RG can do the job for you.  I had issues with the rest of my cars getting it done at the dealer.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2013, 07:36:34 AM »
The dealership quoted me $150 to do that. I might just do that as a repair.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2013, 09:24:49 PM »
The clamps are definitely a diy jobby..I was saying that they can order the parts for the fuel smell line fix.  I would trust them over any of the dealers when it comes to major work.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2013, 03:48:31 PM »
Is it as simple as popping off the intake manifold and tightening everything? I'm almost interested in just replacing the hoses, I'm sure they're just 10 year old hoses and need some love.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2013, 02:13:39 PM »
There was  TSB for the bugeyes. It should be fixed for free.

Search on here, this issue repeatedly comes up and there is good info on here.

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Re: Fuel smell occasionally in cabin
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2013, 09:10:05 PM »
There was  TSB for the bugeyes. It should be fixed for free.

Search on here, this issue repeatedly comes up and there is good info on here.

It was "fixed" 600 cars or so befor mine, I've done this whole song and dance with SoA.