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Heavy gasoline air

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On the way to the Ferry in France, a stop was made in Belgium to refuel. It was a very hot day and the outside temperature meter indicated 34 degrees Celsius. It is a well-known phenomenon that everything smells more intense when it is hot. Walk into a cowshed in the winter!

I think it smells foreign gasoline also different and the smell is more pervasive than ours gasoline. In any case, it didn't surprise me that I smelled a predominant gas smell when I started. But the next morning when I saw another all-dominating gasoline vapor at the cold start in Dover, I knew something had to be wrong. The bonnet was opened and it was opened leakage wanted. There was no trace anywhere. Was there a puddle under the car? No. Were there any trace marks? Also not. Would it be imagination? I certainly didn't. In the more than thirty years that I have repaired cars myself, I have become allergic to anything that is somewhat like gasoline air. A car where everything is properly connected and where everything is working properly should not smell like gasoline. If that is the case, something is wrong. The car may have been flooded or there is indeed one leakage. It must be found and it must be repaired. The gasoline vapor is very flammable. If the temperature is also higher than normal, one spark can be enough to cause a violent explosion. Therefore, when looking for leaks, ensure that you do not cause sparks! This can already be done by switching a light on or off with an old switch! Or by a leaking spark of a leaking spark plug cable. Or by tapping something with metal tools. Of course you are also not smoking when looking for the cause of this problem. Because open fire is also very dangerous in case of gas leaks. There will usually be a leaking gas line. That was also the case here. The pipe was not tight! After tightening the car remained odorless.


Photo and text Jacques van den Bergh

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