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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-11, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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99 WindStar Fuel Odor

I have a Fuel odor that is making the van un-drivable,I also am not the best mechanic around
Here is were I think the smell/trouble is coming from Drivers side just
to the rear of the back passengers door there is a black canister with a line coming from it to the engine.The order seems to be coming from this ?
If I disconnect it I can feel the air pressure is very low psi feeling
so in a desperate attempt to stop the smell I disconnected the line and plugged the line
I did this know that the canister had only this one line so I figured it was
a filter of some sort ?? I truly don't know? but being only one line and when removed I could smell the fuel I blocked it
Well it still smells not as bad as when connected but bad enough to keep me from letting my wife or grandchildren drive in it
I also will only drive short distance due to it being so overwhelming
The shop I use had it on a lift and couldn't find anything but did say the
odor was awful (at that time I had not found this canister nor disconnected it
Any Ideas
I truly understand I write awful sorry
talk to type is not my best subject
Thanks
Tom

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Re: 99 WindStar Fuel Odor

not upwith the usa cars but that sounds like the carbon canister it is a type of filter uses carbon to remove and store fuel vapours from the fuel tank.
If it is releasing a fuel smell it needs replacing.

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Re: 99 WindStar Fuel Odor

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That may be the point I will look into it
It sounds like that would be the common sense thing but I wonder why they would have it
Could it be to Keep Fuel Pressure and this is for the excess?
I'll give it a look

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Re: 99 WindStar Fuel Odor

Likewise with " goldie 1 " on US cars , but came across this which might help . Others on forum more qualified on that car will advise if it is relevant or not . On cars over in Europe we have had this prob on some cars and was a simple fix ,caused by faulty / worn seal on filler cap .Here is the suggested solution which I found ,

" SOUND ITS YOUR EVAPORATIVE EMISSION SYSTEM NOT WORKING THE DEALERSHIP HAS TO CHECK IT OUT.YOUR PURGE VALVE SOLENOID NOT WORKING ALSO VENT VALVE CAUSING GAS VAPOR PRESSURE BUILD UP IN FUEL TANK. OR CHARCOAL CANNISTER GAS SOAKED. "
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Re: 99 WindStar Fuel Odor

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I have replaced the Gas cap (first try) I do want to thank you for the research you've done for me and I will follow up on it

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Re: 99 WindStar Fuel Odor

Another thing is stop pumping fuel in when the auto shut-off trips. The extra fuel in the tank will expand when hot and contaminate the canister quickly. Also, if there's a leak, the light usually comes on.

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