ok, the GT has never given me any real problems to date, had timing belt, water pump, discs pads etc all done in last few months and I love the motor!! But..
Last weekend just gone I had round trip of 300 miles to the Norfolk coast, no problems. A few miles of country lanes but no potholes and noticed nothing unusual. Last night however back in Romford, where the roads are worse than a dirt track in Azerbajan for potholes, i hit one hard: This may or may not have any bearing on the problem that follows:-
On way to work this morning whilst sat at the lights I noticed a strong fuel smell. Lights changed, car in front pulls away & i hoped it had been him running rich. However tonight at the lights, same again. Back on the drive I did a few tests, such as turning the heater off, which resulted in less fumes whilst standing, then back on full blast through mid air vents, result: Fuel smell. Opened bonnet, no smell obvious, so stuck my nose over manifold cover= no smell of fuel. Moved to the back of the engine where the pipes and hoses are and a definite smell of fuel.
So, have i got a loose or split hose? Is it a simple fix? No massive or noticeable loss of fuel, in fact on trip home tonight the computer still crept up on the fuel usage, not down. I dont drive hard, always under 3000 revs, unless I'm pulling out at a busy junction, but not in normal use. I dont race her, dont thrash her and use 6th ASAP. So, no heavy fuel pressure being pumped through.
Any of you knowledgeable Alfisti have any suggestions? My bella is a 2005 GT Jtd, 52000 miles, always serviced on time, last done in August 2011.
As always, any help much appreciated!