2003 Nissan Altima Stong fuel smell left rear wheel well

Tiny
RSTUCKEY
  • 2003 NISSAN ALTIMA

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2003 Nissan Altima 4 cyl Automatic 52,000 miles

We have reciently noticed a fuel smell at the left rear wheel of the auto. The engine light does not come on. When you remove the gas cap you hear noise from the fuel cell. I have replaced the gas cap, raised the car and checked for leaks, found none.
Is there a way to inspect the soft link on top of the fuel cell without dropping the tank. I think the soft link may have a crack, or I may have a fuel pump problem.
One more symptom, the engine does not always start with the first attempt but always the second time.
Looking for help as I am not working and can't afford an expensive auto repair.
Randy Stuckey

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 3:30 PM

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EDWARD.S
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Hi, look At The Two Hoses Leading Into the fuel tank. Look Close for Cracks In The hoses. Also have the Fuel cap checked, that it holds pressure.I seen a few nissans with cracked fuel hoses at the tank. Those hoses are dealer only parts.

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Edward S.

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 AT 7:29 PM
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AB1975
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The filler neck assembly could be rusted.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 AT 3:46 PM

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