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Old 11-10-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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Hi,

I have a Chrysler Pacifica 2004...
Worst car ever...

The check engine light is on for a while now, and when the guy did that dashboard testing, it said something about "emissions"....the car stinks like gas on the opposite side of where the gas hole is(the one you fill up through, don't know what you call it). Dealer wants $2500 to just tell me what's wrong...I am not willing to spend that kind of money on a car that's not even worth $500 at this point...

What could it be? and what is on the back right hand side that can produce such horrendous gas smell? I have to keep the garage door open after I park for the smell to go out...

TIA
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Sounds like your gas cap may not be sealing properly. I would try a replacement first before going any farther. I think you mis understood the dealer. A diagnostic test is usually around $60 to $80.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Texas
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"Emissions" something isn't near enough info for anybody to have a clue. You need to post the exact code number. Most any auto parts will read the codes for you for free. It could be bad cats, bad O2 sensors, could be a malfunctioning PCM, could be anything. Get the number(s) and post it and then you can get real info on it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Evap canister or purge solenoid/valve stuck.. Raw fuel being dumped into the cat..

Just hazarding guesses here.. There's a ton of other things possible.. ruptured fuel line could do it.

Did find this.. Recall Results | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

You need to have it properly diagnosed.. Someone quoting you $2500 for diagnostics.. No.

Fuel line would not cause the check engine light.. The other items would.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: NY
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Get out of the dealer. $2500 for diagnostics? RUN.

First, get to your local autozone. They will read the codes. Once you have the specific code, better speculation on the problem can happen.

Then, if you still need a mechanic, find a reputable place... as this dealer doesn't sound like it measures up to that.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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Hi,

I have a Chrysler Pacifica 2004...
Worst car ever...

The check engine light is on for a while now, and when the guy did that dashboard testing, it said something about "emissions"....the car stinks like gas on the opposite side of where the gas hole is(the one you fill up through, don't know what you call it). Dealer wants $2500 to just tell me what's wrong...I am not willing to spend that kind of money on a car that's not even worth $500 at this point...

What could it be? and what is on the back right hand side that can produce such horrendous gas smell? I have to keep the garage door open after I park for the smell to go out...

TIA
Oh yeah; We had one for a year before the Sebring Convertible came out. Anyway, you should get an obd ll Bluetooth nob. They are $20; we have one in both of our cars. If I were to guess, it would be a fuel line leak, but you should take it to a german car specialist; that was a Chrysler minivan with Mercedes parts; the worst of both worlds.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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"Emissions" something isn't near enough info for anybody to have a clue. You need to post the exact code number. Most any auto parts will read the codes for you for free. It could be bad cats, bad O2 sensors, could be a malfunctioning PCM, could be anything. Get the number(s) and post it and then you can get real info on it.
I did not know there was a code...I's go back there and see if they'll give it to me.


The gas cap was the first thing that came up in the Google search, however, the smell comes from the opposite side of the car...not the side where the gas cap is...which is why I thought it was weird.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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Evap canister or purge solenoid/valve stuck.. Raw fuel being dumped into the cat..

Just hazarding guesses here.. There's a ton of other things possible.. ruptured fuel line could do it.

Did find this.. Recall Results | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

You need to have it properly diagnosed.. Someone quoting you $2500 for diagnostics.. No.

Fuel line would not cause the check engine light.. The other items would.
Wait a minute...the report is from 2003, so how can it be for a 2004 model?
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:07 AM
 
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Evap canister or purge solenoid/valve stuck.. Raw fuel being dumped into the cat..

Just hazarding guesses here.. There's a ton of other things possible.. ruptured fuel line could do it.

Did find this.. Recall Results | Safercar.gov | NHTSA

You need to have it properly diagnosed.. Someone quoting you $2500 for diagnostics.. No.

Fuel line would not cause the check engine light.. The other items would.
Do you think a dealer will fix this if it was a recall from so long ago??
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:28 AM
 
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It's a mid 2000s Chrysler product ... those were, by far, the most unreliable vehicles on the road at the time.
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