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Kissik 10-02-2012 02:05 PM

Is this bad??
 
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Hi guys, the last few times I started up my car I've been smelling something... exhaust fumes? gas? I don't really know, but it's very strong. Today I pulled the car out and looked at the ground where it was parked (picture attached) and it seems like there's a lot of leakage since the last time I moved the car which was 2 days before this. Any idea what this is and how bad it is? Is it safe to continue driving for now?

Thanks!!

DSilk56 10-02-2012 02:16 PM

Only you can determine what it is. It could be oil, coolant, water, or gasoline. You need to touch it when it is fresh and smell it. Also, there is a big difference between the smell of exhaust fumes and the smell of raw gasoline. Either way, it is a serious deal, and merely begs the question of which way you prefer to die; asphyxiation or burns. You should get your car on a lift and examine the fuel lines and the exhaust system.

Kissik 10-02-2012 02:45 PM

It doesn't smell like raw gasoline. It must be exhaust fumes, just way worse than what's normal.
I also smelled the liquid on the ground and it didn't have any distinct smell to it.

Guess I need to find a lift and have someone look at it.
Thank you

dafoe 10-02-2012 06:52 PM

Check the crankcase ventilation piping, it could be oil/water blow off if the connection on the bottom of the intake plenum is disconnected.

I had that smell when the oil catch can I was using was hooked up wrong, the stuff smells TERRIBLE! Oil/Gas nastiness...


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