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AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 17:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

as above really, a tank is only getting me 220 - 250miles, whereas was 300 + a few months ago, and there is a strong smell of petrol around my car now...
dna23
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8th Dec 04 at 17:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

petrol smell :O duno much but wat about a leak in some piping or tank maybe...??
AdamF
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8th Dec 04 at 17:30   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

smells like a leak somewhere mate have it running and look for leaks mate
Kris TD
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8th Dec 04 at 17:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

check the injectors for leaking. my a4 was doing it round one of them, i wrapped the pipe with ptfe and put it back in and its fine now.
AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 17:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

where would i need to look, its especially bad under choke....
Black Corsa SRi
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8th Dec 04 at 17:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

best bet would be to park the car for a while and see if you get a pool of fuel under your car somewhere and see if you can work out where it coming from, from where the pool is. Or have a look under the car for any wet patches etc def sounds like a leak to me though!
ainsley_brader
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does it smell when its stood? or only when its running
AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 17:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

only when its running, im pretty sure its not a leek, as theres no mark on the drive, and the peretrol doesnt drop on gauge when its off, it just seems to use a lot, even when driven slowly.
Kris TD
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8th Dec 04 at 17:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i would check the injectors defo.
TOMAS
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8th Dec 04 at 18:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Coolant temp sensor causing it to run waaay rich?
AdiSRI
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its going in for a service in 2 weeks think he would be able to diagnose it ok? i was hoping for some ideas so i cud look and not have to pay an exorbidant repair bill...
miles
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8th Dec 04 at 18:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Corroded petrol tank is a big contender.
AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 19:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

um i think the tanks ok, ive been under car a fair bit recently and didnt notice any obvious trouble there..

a;lso as i dsay no sign of petrol leakage on the drive, could the engine just be over fueling for some reason?
AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 21:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ttt
AdamF
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8th Dec 04 at 22:15   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

dont necessary need to have a patch it may not leak to that extent. if it was overfuelling it would have black smoke coming out the exhaust
AdiSRI
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8th Dec 04 at 23:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yes my dad did say that it was smoking to a degree, any other symptoms / causes of this

its an X14Xe btw.
kerzo
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sounds like you need to top up your indicator fluid
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9th Dec 04 at 11:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

walk around it holding a lighter to everything, when it bursts into flames u know there is a leak.

could be to do with the lambda sensor, have u got a decat?
AdiSRI
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9th Dec 04 at 16:23   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nope no decat, and its only been dpoing it the last couple of months, nothing has changed engine wise...

If my air filter was dirty cud it cause this?
Greasemonkey
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9th Dec 04 at 16:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The fuel wont come out if its leaking and the car standing still cos the fuel system is only pressurised once the engine is running so if it was leaking it would show up with engine running, i had this and it was worn injector seals
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9th Dec 04 at 17:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

go under the back seats/boot inside the car and pull up the round rubber lid type thing (about 8"round)
there will be two petrol pipes and i bet one of them has come abit loose.just put a jubilee clip round it.its exactly what was happening to my old sri
AdiSRI
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9th Dec 04 at 18:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok thanks ill have a look, its having an emissions test donre free tommorow so ill get that checked too.

The engine is only 15000miles old, nothing shud be that worn out shud it?
Visionz
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9th Dec 04 at 20:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It definately sounds like a CTS; smoking, low economy.
AdiSRI
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9th Dec 04 at 22:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

CTS??
RKS
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10th Dec 04 at 11:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

CTS = Coolant Temperature Sensor I had to ask also!

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