I have a 1979 volkswagen beetle and everytime I drive it I smell gas - what could be the problem?.

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Asked by Nov 11, 2011 at 09:09 PM about the 1979 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My mechanic has checked all the gas lines and the tank for leaks and there are none.  I also replaced the gas cap.   I was told this was a common problem with the bugs - any suggestions on how to eliminate the gas fume problem?

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Had the same problem on my '70 and discovered that the excelerator pump was leaking--right on to the exhaust! Crank it up and watch behind the carb for fuel when you goose it (if the carbs are similar which I don't know). A carb rebuild is probably in order--not an expensive fix. Mike in Richmond

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MikeH - my 1979 volkswagen beetle is fuel injected - do the fuel injected bugs have an excelerator pump?

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I have a 69 that had the same problem. Turned out to be from original hose bits between the filler and the tank.

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