Ah, that brings back fond memories of several different 50s and 60s
sports cars I used to drive. Back then I would have suggested a leaky
carburetor. Today I have no idea. My '91 is as free from gasoline odor
as when it was new, but thanks for the trip down memory lane.
The test pipe shouldn't increase the odor of gasoline, maybe exhaust,
unburned hydro-carbons, etc.. but there isn't any raw gas going through
there, otherwise you have one heck of an exhaust note (one time!). You
may see some smoke depending upon oil usage which is burned by the
catalytic converter but it pretty much takes a test sniffer to detect
the abscence of a converter and even then, I've seen them pass emissions
with flying colors with a straight thru (not in Calif. but in Maryland).
Since I'm about to install my test pipe, I appreciate your post! I'm
in WV and may move back into MD in the near future, so that info is
definitely pertinent. I'm already bemoaning the fact that I must
confront the front license plate issue; not having to uninstall my
turbo setup would be a decided plus. I've heard the pipe may increase
the noise, and my son claims it would increase the "automotive" smell
from the exhaust (not necessarily just gas, but he claims an odor
which more recalls the older days of roadsters. All of which is
acceptable to me as long as the noise increase doesn't incense the
Keep at it dude (trying to find the source). Start at the gas tank inlet,
fuel filter, fuel line to the injectors, etc. Also, carry a small ABC fire
extinguisher. If it bursts into flames, you might have a chance in saving
it. If you don't have a fire extinguisher, and it bursts into flames, pull
the engine hood release, but leave the hood closed. When the firemen
arrive, tell them you've pulled the hood release (the cable burns through
rather quickly). This way, they'll be able to open you're hood, without
destroying the bodywork, and also keep fresh air from fueling the fire. Oh,
by the way, I've been a paid city firefighter the past 17 years...I can't
believe how many car fires I've been to, where the person tells me, "you
know, I've been smelling gas fumes lately!" Good luck...jim
This is one of the few failures I had in the '90. Turned out to be a leaking
gas line at the fuel injectors. In the '90 1.6L, these are the guys that get
in your way when you reach in for the fuel filter.
Once diagnosed, it was an easy fix. Be certain to use gas line that is
designed for fuel injection (i.e. high pressure) applications.
Ref: ".... the fuel filter". What ? Where ? My 1.6 (1991) has the
fuel filter back just in front of the right rear wheel, under the car!
:-) I didn't see any "injectors" back there.
Did you mean the "pressure regulator" ? It is up there on the fuel rail,
but it is not a fuel filter.
Bruce RED '91
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