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Re: [T3] Petrol smell

It might have allowed some fuel to seep into the tunnel, but the smell when
turning is certainly the J-shaped vent hose on the filler neck.  Maybe the cap
was a bit stiff and the vent got slightly disturbed and opened up a split.
1600TL - I assume carbed then.  Not too many hoses to do, but sadly the newer
hose isn't as good as the older stuff.  Mine still has its original tank hose
underneath - gained from being undersealed I think.

Most people have to adapt hosing to replace the J-shaped tube as they are NLA
from VW, and expensive from the USA.  Part number 311 201 179A   Best idea I've
seen yet is to solder a copper elbow to the nipple on the filler pipe and use a
piece of breather hose fed through the outer remains of the inner wing (fender)

UK VW Type 3 & 4 Club
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Evans" <evansfamilynz@xtra.co.nz>
To: <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 3:08 AM
Subject: [T3] Petrol smell

> Hi, I have recently picked up a 1971 1600 TL Fastback. The first time I
> used it I allowed it to run dry accidentally (not used to the fuel
> gauge). On refilling it developed a nasty petrol leak in the last hose
> before the engine bay. I clamped it off and eventually fixed it a week
> or so later. Ever since then there is a very strong smell of petrol as
> you drive along. No obvious leaks (unlike before) either underneath or
> in the bonnet/petrol tank area. I have stuck my head under the bonnet
> after stopping and the smell is not strong. The petrol cap appears to
> be sealing fine and it doesn't seem particularly worse turning corners
> (maybe a little stronger after a left turn). I am stumped and am not
> sure whether I now need to replace every hose. Any ideas would be much
> appreciated.
> Andy

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