Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas?

Woman covering nose from bad smell in car

If the outside or inside of your car smells like gas it could be something as harmless as a lingering odor from a recent visit to your local Providence, RI-area gas station, but it could also be the sign of something more serious. So, why does my car smell like gas? This guide from the service team at MINI of Warwick will fill you in on some of the most common reasons that your car smells like gas and what you can do to correct any outstanding issues.



The Inside of the Car Smells Like Gas: Lingering Gas Fumes

As noted above, if you recently visited a Cranston, RI gas station to refill your tank, the fumes may drift into your cabin so the inside of the car smells like gas. If you spilled some gas around or in your vehicle, that could also be the reason your car smells like gas. There’s no cause for concern in either situation, as the smell will fade eventually.

Car Smells Like Gas: Leak in the Fuel System

Since gas leaks can occur in any part of the gas system, they can be difficult to find. If you notice puddles of gas under your car, then it is highly likely that there’s an issue with your gas system. If you notice the smell while driving and right after you’ve parked, chances are there’s a leak in the fuel injection line. You’ll want to get your fuel system checked as quickly as possible, as a gas leak can be extremely dangerous.

Car Smells Like Gas: Fuel Pressure Regulator Issues

My car smells like gas but isn’t leaking. This could be an indication that there is a problem with the fuel pressure regulator. With a malfunctioning fuel pressure regulator, your car’s fuel mixture will be unbalanced, causing the engine to burn fuel too quickly. This will result in more gas fumes leaking out through the exhaust system. These fumes can also travel through the ventilation system, so that the inside of your car smells like gas. Additionally, fuel pressure regulator problems can lead to decreased fuel-efficiency. If you suspect a bad fuel pressure regulator, schedule service with us as soon as you can.

Schedule Service at MINI of Warwick Today!

Why does my car smell like gas? My car smells like gas but isn’t leaking. Issues like these could be minor or could be something that requires immediate attention, so it’s best to bring your vehicle into our Warwick service center. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our service team online or call us at (877) 361-3426. Our certified technicians are dedicated to ensuring that your vehicle is always running safely on Newport, RI-area roads, and with our rotating service specials you’ll get the best deal possible on your next service or repair.


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