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Old 04-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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Strong fuel smell when started

So this morning when taking my daughter to school, I started the Jeep(95 yj,2.5) and noticed a strong fuel smell coming from the rear of the jeep. There was also what looked like fuel coming from the tailpipe, enough to stain the ground. The smell goes away once the jeep is up to temp. It only does this in the morning. I recently replaced the fuel filter, and I just checked all the lines and there doesnt appear to be any leaks. The jeep seems to be running just fine. I do know there is an exhaust leak near the muffler. Any other ideas what could be causing the fuel smell?

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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Check your fuel lines coming off of the gas tank, the rubber ones may have cracked due to age and started leaking. Mine leaked in the bend where they connect to the steel lines.

The liquid coming from your exhaust is water that has condensed overnight. This is normal.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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It could be leaking on one of the lines then running under the skid plate, but yeah that is deff. just water and steam. If it was dumping fuel out the pipe it would idle like a drag car and run like death, lol.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:57 AM   #4
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I was driving to work and when i got out i smelled a strong fuel smell. I looked under and sure enough there is fuel leaking around the fuel filter. Looks like I will have to tighten the clamps on the fuel lines.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:41 PM   #5
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Sure enough the clamps for the fuel lines were not tight enough. Problem fixed.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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Mine did the same thing. Change the fuel filter, check the rubber fuel line it attaches to, and make sure they are seated properly and the clamps are tight. Mine is fine now...no leak, no smell.
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mine did it to once after mudding through some really deep stuff... we doubled up the clamps now
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
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fuel filter change

You guys who had to change the fuel filter, did you do it yourselves or did you bring it in to a shop? Mine needs to be changed, trying to suss out how difficult it is for us to change the fuel filter on my TJ ourselves. We got under it, took the skid plate and the gas tank off, but it seems really tight to get the filter off.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:05 PM   #9
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@ nacks. What yr is your rig?? My 92 has the fuel filter in front of the rear-drivers side tire.

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