Smell of Gas & Suddenly Have Poor Gas Mileage
I have a 1995 Ford Taurus that has 260K miles. I have replaced everything on this car within the last two years, not to mention the standard maintenance and repairs: filter, brakes, oils, etc.
On the highway I normally get between 21-28 miles to the gallon. I had the O-rings replaced on the injectors in January this year while having some other worn parts replaced about the engine. The only original part related to the fuel is the fuel pump which I can hear buzzing every morning. Fuel lines near the engne were replaced about 3-4 years ago. All sensors and filters are replaced. Now, there is still an ocassional smell of gasoline, so I changed the tank cap. It is not Ford brand and seems to slip, not as tight as the original. It may be because I am so picky.
Anyhow, this weekend, I noticed the gasoline smell more pronounced and the gas mileage on a trip out of town went down to about 18-20 mpg. It cranks quickly, but the difference is the smell of gasoline when I get out of it after turning it off or if it runs a little bit. It smels like it is under the hood for sure. I thought perhaps the fuel pressure regulator could be the culprit, but I suspect it could be the rubber fuel lines again, they are so slender.
Any ideas that may not costs me much right now? I just had an accident with new brakes failing and had to pay a chunk of change to get my car out of the shop last month. Anyone's help would be appreciated. I'll never get out of the car what I have invested, so I am stuck with it. It drives really good, but things keep popping up that are hard for mechanics to easily solve. I thought I'd try it myself frist, before getting duped again.
Thanks a ton!!