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I recently bought a GTV JTS 53 plate and there is a distinct whiff of petrol in the cabin all the time. It's not using lots of fuel and there are no patches under the car. Is this one of those pipes issues? Any tips would be gratefully received.

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Hope you can wind the window down, as I don't think it's good to be exposed to petrol fumes on a prolonged basis

First thing to check is for any wet patches around the injectors or their fuel supply rail on the top of the engine - I think you'll need to take off the plastic cover to see these. Leaks here are an obvious safety risk, which is why I reckon I'd check there first.

Second thing I would check would be the fitting of the fuel gauge sender/pump into the top of the fuel tank - perhaps the securing ring has cracked or the seal perished. I think on a GTV this must be somewhere under the back seat, and therefore it is 'inside' the car with you, so perhaps the most likely cause!

Third thing I would check would be breather pipes around the filler neck and going down to the fuel tank, where any dampness will be obvious against the light coating of dirt you would expect to find there. Sometimes you find they have broken off, in which case it's an easy find!

I think there is a special 'charcoal absorption canister' located in the panel ahead of the spare wheel (in the boot). It is possible that this could be damaged or its pipework faulty? Just another thought to give you somewhere else to check...


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Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it.

Does anyone know (stupid question, of course you do) any garages that are good and not teeth sucking rip off merchants who could do the work in the Cardiff area?

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Hey Emma,

give Tess a shout, she uses a really good garage in the newport area as does a few others on here......but the name evades me.
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when you find the problem let me know as mines the same ,allready changed the fuel cap,carbon cannister box in boot and fuel tank pump seal , all genuine parts used as well stll stinks
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I had a petrol smell in my car also but then it went away by itself which is really strange.
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hi emma its LC Motors in Newport, they are excellent and reasonable too, tell them i sent you as they may give you some discount, 01633 259892 ask for francis or gianni....they are a small italian business and love their alfas....Tess
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Never did find that one out just pretended I was at a racetrack all the time! Got GT problems these days though the current one is killing me!
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