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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-17-2014, 08:21 PM
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fuel leak

I was wondering if anybody has had a similar issue to mine. I have been noticing a strong gasoline smell coming from the front of my e36 that seems to be getting worse. The strongest concentration seems to be underneath the passenger side fender. The car has been parked for over a day and still a strong smell. I assume a slow fuel leak but do not know where to begin looking? Any Ideas? also, Just how dangerous is a situation like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:44 PM
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Any time your car is leaking an extremely combustible liquid, it's not safe. The fuel lines are on the driver's side of the car, so I don't know why you are smelling gas fumes at the front passenger fender. I'd recommend removing the plastic covers on the engine and checking around the fuel rail for signs of a leak at each of the injectors and the fuel supply line. Also check underneath the driver's side front footwell. That's where the fuel lines & filter are (search online for photos of the exact configuration).
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:18 AM
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Thanks.
So I have already checked the fuel line at the filter and everything seems to be fine there. I also smelled around the injectors and could not detect any gas. And again a very strong smell lingering around the passenger tire?
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:18 AM
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Are you sure the odor isn't drifting up from around the gas tank filler area? that's the only gas related area on the passenger side of the car. Everything else is on the driver's side.
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