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Kia Spectra fuel smell

 
Kia Spectra Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008

Average Mileage: 101,243 mi (4,590 mi - 150,000 mi)

  • Visitor, , 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 :)

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 114,367 mi

    fuel smell under hood and in car. havent got it fixed yet. need advice

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  • Visitor,

    when I start my car the smell of fuel hits me like ac or heater is not on

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  •  Rookie

    When I turn the heater on, fuel smell is very strong. I have never had any problem with this car.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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