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    Default Fuel smell when going up steep hills

    When going up steep hills the smell of fuel (Gas) started it would disappear as soon after levelling out or going down hill also noticed that the fuel gauge was stuck on full or near full.
    Not worried about the gauge but would like some ideas on the fuel smell.
    Is there an access post to the tank at the rear of the tank?

    Thank you
    John

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    You could have a leak in one of the two fuel expansion tanks. The grommets do wear out. You can find the tanks in the front wheel wells. Its those whitish colored plastic things...when they came from the factory the bottom half of each of the tanks was coated with a rubber coating. Its a safety factor meant to prevent rocks or any road debris that was kicked up from possibly banging into the tanks which might cause a break.

    For your safety and the safety of your passengers any gas smell should immediately be addressed....and then corrected.

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    Whoops.....almost forgot. Not sure what year you have but in time the fuel sending unit inside your tank bites the dust. The float gets saturated with fuel and gives a false reading. For what its worth the sending units are still being manufactured and readily available from Bus Depot or Go Westy or Van Café. Those are go to companies for parts and pieces and are good VW folk to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderer View Post
    Whoops.....almost forgot. Not sure what year you have but in time the fuel sending unit inside your tank bites the dust. The float gets saturated with fuel and gives a false reading. For what its worth the sending units are still being manufactured and readily available from Bus Depot or Go Westy or Van Café. Those are go to companies for parts and pieces and are good VW folk to deal with.

    sorry I should have said I have a 1993 Eurovan Westie

    Thanks for your help

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    John, I'm less than clueless when it comes to the Eurovans. Their a whole different beast. You might take a peek under each wheel well to see if the Eurovans have the expansion tanks located there. As a side note ,are you familiar with the Vanagon Rescue Squad or Roadhaus. Roadhaus is a listing by States, of trusted shops that work on Vanagons. The recommendations come from fellow Vanagon/Eurovan owners. Vanagon Rescue Squad is a listing of fellow owners who will come to your aid if your stranded...some of the members offer up a place to stay while your Van is being fixed...most members are equipped with the knowledge and the tools needed to get you up and running.

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