Help, please!! My 1998 Laguna has recently started to emit the smell of neat petrol from somewhere in the vicinity under the offside door sill (approx mid-way between the tank filling point and the engine bay) when the engine is running and the car stationary. I have put the car on ramps and had a good look around the underbody with the engine stopped but can find no obvious sign of a leak. There is absolutely no smell of fuel in the engine bay so I've concluded it is somwhere in the fuel feed line between the tank and engine compartment. Have you experienced this before as I'm wondering: 1. To my knowledge the fuel filter (wherever it is?) has never been changed and I wonder if the fuel pressure delivered by the pump forces any fuel that may not get past any partial blockage of the filter to find its way through any of the fuel line joints and then evaporate into the air where I can smell it. Against this, I have not noticed any indication of fuel starvation when accelerating or moving at speed. very grateful for any help you can offer. Kind regards, XXXXX XXXXX
Many thanks for your very helpful reply. I am unable to implement your suggestions for a day or so as I am currently absorbed with correcting a rainwater ingress problem with our house and the builders are working through a number of likely causes and I'm keen to track their findings.
However, the fuel smell should be relatively straight-forward to resolve (or so I thought a few weeks ago!!) and I will work systematically through your suggestions, especially where this has been the reported problem on my make/model of car. Perhaps it is nearing time to replace this wonderfully reliable and capable car!! Thanks again for your excellent help.
Kind regards, Mark