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30-04-2005, 04:53 PM
jus wondering, has anybody come up with any ingenious ways to stop the smell of petrol (gas) in the cab of a beetle? ive tried everything and it still stinks!



30-04-2005, 07:58 PM
you could try stopping the petrol leak up front! :oops: :D

30-04-2005, 08:04 PM
Check that the vapour hose thingy hasn't come detatched. If that's come off, vapours are getting into the cabin.

30-04-2005, 10:38 PM
from the fuel tank,check all hose clips,breather pipes for cracks , especially the pipes that run under the panel below the windscreen as these split and the splits are not easily visible unless removed from the holding clips

01-05-2005, 06:26 AM
Breather pipe, that was the word I was looking for. :oops:

Souper Steve ABB
01-05-2005, 10:14 PM
If the fuel lines are old sometimes the culprit is the one under the tank that sometimes goes porous with age. Beware when messing with this pipe and take care not to break the metal pipe that goes into the tunnel like I did :(

01-05-2005, 10:45 PM
Wot Steve said, also check the area under the petrol tank where the pipe comes out. This area is prone to rusting on a bug. I had the same on 2 of mine and both were sorted with a Petro Patch! :wink:

03-05-2005, 03:56 PM
i had a similar problem but mine was due to a hole in my heat exchanger, this lets exhaust fumes back into the car throught the heating system... Make sure the heating controls are shut (the switches by the handbrake are all the way down i think) and if this helps stop the smell a little then it could be that. Still worth checking them fuel lines though!

Souper Steve ABB
03-05-2005, 04:22 PM
I'm just about to hopefully solve mine which is a knackered fuel sender gasket - unfortunately no-one sells these and you have to buy the whole sender kit for twenty-odd quid! :(

Let you know if it fixes mine :)

04-05-2005, 08:20 AM
I solved my problem by replacing the hoses and seals on the filler neck.

Souper Steve ABB
04-05-2005, 05:02 PM
Or you could get rid of the beetle and buy a van - problem solved! :)

marmite on toast
04-05-2005, 09:34 PM
stop putting petrol in and use deisel... :shock:

05-05-2005, 07:58 PM
Or you could get rid of the beetle and buy a van - problem solved! :)
vans do it and the breathers are a b**t**d to get at :evil:

07-05-2005, 10:20 PM
light a small fire, thatll burn all the smell up!

23-05-2005, 10:11 PM
Mine smelt of petrol because:
a) the breather pipe was loose inside the bonnet
b) a big hole appeared in the bottom of the tank and petrol gushed out - messy!
Once they were sorted it smelt because:
c) the filler hose didn't fit the new tank very well
And now:
d) the sender gasket is crap; and
a) again.
Good job I quite like the smell of petrol!!!

24-05-2005, 04:42 PM
does anyone know where i can get the right size breather hoses from?