Kia Spectra Problem Report
Kia Spectra fuel smell
I had this same problem--was worse when the heater was on. My mechanic thought at first it was an exhaust issue, but his fix didn't solve the problem. We finally figured out two weeks ago it came from the fuel pressure regulator. Cost about $88 and 45 minutes to fix. Now it's all dandy :) - Visitor
I had intermittent fuel odor at startups most morning cold startup or after setting 2+ hours. I replaced the the fuel line pulse damper that is conneted at the end of the fuel injectors rail bu 2 bolts. It cost me $25 for the part at advanced auto parts store and about 20 minutes most of which was learning how to diconnect from fuel line - duh. See Report #5 for cost at a repair shop. - Visitor
Having the same gas smell issue when I start my car, with heater on, to warm up in the morning. Going to try the fuel pressure regulator and see if helps. - Visitor
In the morning when I would start my car the smell of fuel was so bad it would burn my eyes. I took it to a mechanic and he could not find the problem. I took it to Kia and they claim this is not a common problem. My car still smells like gas when it starts and faintly at times when driving. This has to be some kind of safety issue and it would be helpful if Kia came forth with information as to a fix. - Visitor
Same issue as others on this thread. Just bought the car, so don't know how long it's been going on. Fuel smell only in morning when starting - seems to be coming in through the vents. I plan on trying to find leak in fuel pressure regulator or fuel line pulse damper as others have stated and fixing it. - Visitor
taken it into the dealership 2 times and they can't locate smell. Going to sell it before it poisons me and my children! - Visitor
I had the same problem. It was a leaking fuel pressure damper, located at the end of the fuel rail on the passenger side. It would leak when the engine was cold, and the leak would stop once the engine was up to temp. The part is available at any auto parts store for $30 - $40. I replaced mine with one from the junk yard for $2.00. Problem solved. - Visitor
fuel smell under hood and in car. havent got it fixed yet. need advice - Visitor
When I turn the heater on, fuel smell is very strong. I have never had any problem with this car. - patisnie
when I start my car the smell of fuel hits me like ac or heater is not on - Visitor
Strong smell of fuel when I turned the defroster on, seems to be coming through the vents? Also, engine check light comes on when driving in hilly area for over an hour. - Visitor
smells like gas in car.. - Visitor
fuel leak from fuel manifold are there any recall on this - Visitor
On cold mornings there is a very strong gas odor from the engine. It blows through the vents when idling tapers off a bit when driving the highway but is intense at idle. Later in the day I don't seem to get the problem. - Visitor
Same issue here, gas smell when starting in the morning - Visitor
when I pump gas in my kia I have to pump really slow otherwise it will flow out as I am pumping, I have noticed a smell of gas while driving it lately, I make sure the cap is secure all the time. I don't know what's wrong. - Visitor
car smells of gas in morning found fuel leak on fuel pressure regulator...now to fix it! Have only had the car a week and it is used probably why they got rid of it...car is otherwise in amazing condition - Visitor
My problem is the same as some others here. There is a fuel smell every morning a lasts only for a little bit. I just noticed the issue so I don't know how long it has been going on and I haven't looked yet for a solution to it. - cmo
every morning when starting up theres a strong fuel smell inside vehicle that last about 5 min. is there a solution to this problem - Visitor
Same, fuel smell. Auto repairman cannot find it. - jwoolfe
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