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Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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Lvevans55
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Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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Hi! I have a 2005 XC90 (2.5T) which I have only owned for a year, has 137K miles. I have had no issues until the past couple of months when I noticed a faint gas smell from outside the vehicle. This happened intermittently and was strongest at the sides of vehicle (usually the left). A few days ago the temperature got down to 20 degrees and it would not start at all. The next day it started fine. Yesterday I was driving on the interstate and I noticeably lost horsepower, the engine shook a bit, and the check engine light started flashing. It has been towed to an independent Volvo mechanic, but he can't check it out until Monday. Any clue what this could be?
Note: I called Volvo about the fuel pump recall, and when I gave them my VIN they said it was not part of the recall, so if it is the pump it won't be paid for by them : (
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Re: Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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It could be a lot of things. Is there any chance you can scan the codes and see what the ECU thinks it's problem is? That's always helpful and a good place to start.

Roger
'05 XC90 V8 140k
'95 854T 310k
'02 V70 159k
'03 S80 111k (crashed)
'93 945T 217k (gone to be parted out)
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Re: Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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Unfortunately I cant because It's already at the shop
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Re: Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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It could be a lot of things, and not necessarily related. The fuel smell could be due to an issue with the EVAP system, but that would not necessarily cause a no-start. It could be fuel pump, or it could be a sensors, or it could be a split or tear in an air hose or a hose came off (which would cause your symptoms).

Good luck! Let us know what the mechanic thinks it is.

Roger
'05 XC90 V8 140k
'95 854T 310k
'02 V70 159k
'03 S80 111k (crashed)
'93 945T 217k (gone to be parted out)
'87 245 300k+ sold, still going
'84 264 Diesel, RIP at 160k
'78 242 manual everything.
'73 P1800ES, fun until the rust set in...
Lvevans55
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Year and Model: 2005 XC 90
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Thanks, I will! I drove a Jeep Cherokee for 15 years, so this is my first experience with a Volvo. I bought it from my sister, the original owner, and she never had any problems so they seem like great cars!
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Lvevans55
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Re: Check engine light on, gas smell from left side of car

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It's a hole in the fuel filter and I'm overdue for new plugs!
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