fuel smell on Kia Spectra

Average mileage: 107,361 (4,590–218,000)
7 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2007, 2008, 2009
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2002 Kia Spectra 96,000 mi,
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 :)
2002 Kia Spectra 100,000 mi,
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.
2003 Kia Spectra 73,000 mi,
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.
2003 Kia Spectra 131,900 mi,
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.
2002 Kia Spectra 100,000 mi,
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.
2001 Kia Spectra 150,000 mi,
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.
2008 Kia Spectra 94,500 mi,
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.
taken it into the dealership 2 times and they can't locate smell. Going to sell it before it poisons me and my children!
2003 Kia Spectra 114,367 mi,
fuel smell under hood and in car. havent got it fixed yet. need advice
2001 Kia Spectra 50,000 mi,
It has been happening for about a year now and happens when I fill my car up with gas, after that the car keeps killing on me after a fill up.
When I turn the heater on, fuel smell is very strong. I have never had any problem with this car.
when I start my car the smell of fuel hits me like ac or heater is not on
need to know how to replace fuel line regulator damper
2003 Kia Spectra 77,000 mi,
Noticed gas smell after turning the key just one click. What pumps cue up before the engine actually fires?
2002 Kia Spectra 135,000 mi,
Gas smell in car
I am having the same gas smell issue, it is so strong!
The same problem. I have to turn the key several times sometimes to get it to start. It happens occasionally. Also the smell of fuel. It seems to dicipate though.
2003 Kia Spectra 150,000 mi,
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.
2008 Kia Spectra 65,000 mi,
smells like gas in car..
2001 Kia Spectra 137,000 mi,
fuel leak from fuel manifold are there any recall on this