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Fuel Fumes are filling our Garage!

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I'm highly concerned about a problem I'm having with my 2000 Odyssey. As the gas levels get lower, the smell of gasoline proliferates from my van. If the tank is less than 1/4 full, then the air is so thick it's almost unbearable.

I've had the van in for service, but they said that a system pressure check showed there was no leak in the fuel system. Yet there is no vacuum suction noise when removing the gas cap for fueling.

I'm afraid of the health hazards this condition could cause, but don't know what to do given that the dealership found no problem.

Anyone had similar problems? ANYONE have any suggestions about what the problem could be or what to have the dealership do?
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by J R Jensen:
SandyKC, Did you have the dealer check to see if the gas cap was defective? I expect they did the system pressure check by attaching a unit to the gas filler pipe after
removing your cap. If all checked out ok I'd suspect the cap. Just a thought.
Good thought J.R. We haven't specifically checked the gas cap. If it did turn out to be something as simple as that, then I could rejoice like everyone else!! I appreciate the suggestion specifically directed towards my problem ;-)

Actually, I AM a happy Ody owner. I had a Dodge Grand Caravan before.. don't have enough bad things to say about that experience and wouldn't want to fill up the Ody board with Dodge debris. I'm QUITE happy with my Ody, odd smell and all. I've yet to be stuck with a load of groceries, two crying kids, and two car seats, in the middle of a 5 lane road with total inability to even THINK about opening my door to get out. (S-C-A-R-Y -- especially when it happens over, and over, and over, and over, and over and.. well.. I could be here all night.)
Thanks so much for the words of warning regarding the gasoline fumes and for the info on the gas tank leak situation. I took the van back in this morning.. and guess what? It passed Another pressure check.

I was more forceful and pointed out that SOMEthing was wrong if you can smell the fumes. They put it up on the rack, walked under it to see what they could see, and were "overcome by the fumes"! So, they are now trying - in earnest - to find out what is leaking. The service man said he didn't think a leak around a gas cap could cause that strong of a problem.

Basically, they have now provided me with alternate transportation and are keeping the van to try to fix the problem. I'll post the results when I hear something back.

Thanks All!
Hi Pietro,

Would you mind emailing me the dealer's name that replaced your tank? My dealer said they replaced a couple of things which didn't alleviate the problem. They said the next step was to take off the tank.. so now my van is in for an extended stay.

I mentioned I knew of another person whose tank turned out to be the problem. They asked if I knew the dealers name because they'd like to call and inquire about what was tried / eliminated as problem areas.

If you don't object to sending me the info, I'd be grateful!

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by pietro:

One more thing. Our Ody passed the so called pressure check even though the tank was actually leaking. I think your check engine light would go on if your gas cap was defective.

Hi pietro,

Thank you for the dealer information. I had given it to our service rep. He checked out that possibility as well as several others. They have replaced various parts in the fuel line.

At the end of the week they brought in a Honda Corporation engineer and a smoke machine. They hooked up the smoke maker to the fuel system to see if they could find any leaks in the system. As of this weekend they hadn't smoked out the problem. :-(

They have ordered a filler neck replacement to see if that might be the problem. We shall see! After that .. WHO KNOWS!?

On the funny side... My sister says she's impressed.. in comparison, her dealer (different manufacturer) would give the customer a nose clip and tell them to come back after the warranty expired !! He He.

I am glad they had given me a loaner vehicle, otherwise I'd not be nearly as chilled out about it all. I do hope to have my Ody in my garage again SOON!
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