My car smells like gas and the mechanic can’t find the problem and told me not to worry about it. Does that sound correct?


gas leak

Dear Kelly,

NO, IT IS NOT CORRECT! There is no reason for there to be a gas smell (unless you have a classic car then all bets are off….and even then it shouldn’t be fresh gas).  The leak could just be hiding somewhere and they can’t find it. It might be a vapor leak and not a fluid leak which could make it harder to find. Is there a check engine light on (this also depends on the age of the vehicle)? If one mechanic can’t find the leak then take it to another until someone finds it. I’ve had this issue here with my mechanics who can’t smell it so they put me on it with my supersonic nose. I usually track it down…yes kind of like a gas sniffing dog.  The best thing to do, if you can, is try to locate the general area if possible and show them where it’s coming from. Don’t give up!


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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