leaking gas from wheel well edge

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Jan 31 20:15:25 EST 2004

Could this be condensation collecting fuel fumes?  IE, is it water with gas
in it from the fumes?

At 04:08 PM 1/31/2004 -0500, Brett Dikeman wrote:
  I grab a little, give a sniff-yup, that's gas.
>It's coming from the front passenger side, right at the very edge of 
>the wheel well, where slush usually accumulates in the winter.  The 
>top edge of the liner inside the well is wet with gas.  So this looks 
>like one of the lines to the charcoal canister, or the canister 
>itself, because the undercarriage is completely dry, and all the 
>metal lines and fittings are dry as a bone+intact(and the lines were 
>replaced 4-5 years ago).
>I've relieved the pressure in the tank- but to me, the question is 
>"how did the gas get into there?"  The canister is supposed to only 
>catch vapors.  About 2-3 weeks ago, I was on my way to the winter 
>driving school and the auto-stop on the pump I was filling up at 
>stuck and overflowed(shooting about a half gallon all over the 
>ground, luckily none over me).  When I asked listers if that could 
>cause problems with the vapor recovery system, the answer was "nope".
>The coincidence that I just filled up the car, and then brought it 
>into the warm garage(it's usually outside), is too great to ignore; 
>something's fishy here.  I think my recent problems with stumbling at 
>very light throttle might also be related, since it started recently.
>Then of course there's the "how do I get into there" and "what the 
>hell is leaking" questions.
>Any ideas?

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