strong fuel smell inside car


Asked by Oct 06, 2016 at 07:16 PM about the 1994 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

strong fuel smell inside car on drivers side when driving and even stronger
when i turn the car off. i am thinking that it is the charcoal canister?::  can't find
any leaks along fuel rail or around fuel pump or tank. No trace of fuel
undervehicle....any ideas?

5 Answers


Yes, sounds like the evap system relief valve is stuck open

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Tony Ciccotelli

Are you sure it's not a bad/leaking Gas Cap?


Yes, I am sure. The vapor is so strong inside the car that I get nauseous just driving a couple blocks. I read that it's possible to remove the canister and blow it out with an air compressor? I know that new they run around $250+.....might try the yards and see if I can go pull one off myself??:

Tony Ciccotelli

Any warning lights on or flashing? Use caution when "blowing out" an evap system with compressed air. You could blow the canister apart. Run your hand UNDER the canister and see if there is an opening with a filter inside. You might be able to remove that filter and clean it.

Tony Ciccotelli

Any good news about the issue with this vehicle?

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