1997 Mercury Villager 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 168000 miles
There is a strong ordor of gas coming from the engine compartment and blowing into the cabin through the heating vents. The ordor is prevelant when the temps. Out side are usually below 40 degrees F. And the vehicle is first started after sitting for several hours or overnight.
Some days the ordor of gas is so strong that I can smell it when walking to the car in the morning before I even start it.
So far I am out over $300 and the problem still persists. A local Lincoln Mercury dealer has done a smoke test and a fuel system pressure test and have found no leaks. Then they said that the smell was not gas, but rich exhasut fumes. They said that I had a leak somewhere in the exhaust system.
I took the car to Midas and they said. "Oh yeah you have an exhaust leak." They even showed me. $200 later the gas smell is as strong as ever.
Note that the engine runs fine with plenty of power. And when restarted after warm up, there is no smell of gas. New plugs and wires were installed less than 1,000 miles ago.
I worked for Ford Motor Company in finance for many years and we purchased this vehicle new in 1997. It has been well maintained. Please give me some advice as another L/M dealer wants me to bring the van in for another round of costly tests.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 2:13 PM