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Old 08-16-2010, 10:03 PM
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We now have a lawnmower for our lawn. We've never had a yard or a mower before, so this is all new. How do you transport the gas from the gas station back home for the mower? We put the gas container for the lawn mower in two plastic trash bags, and put it in the trunk, and filled it up and brought it back like that, and even though it was enclosed in two plastic bags it stank up the car horribly, and the smell of gasoline will not come out, even though it was in the trunk.

What is the right way to go about doing this so as to not make your whole car reek of gasoline? We don't have a pickup truck or anything like that.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:18 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I can't see why that should have smelled if you didn't spill gas on the outside of the bag and the bags were sealed tight.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:28 PM
Location: Bel Air, California
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It sounds as if you may have transported your gas in a pail or a bucket. I use a gas can that provides a good seal and no gas spillage or seepage. They look like this...
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:39 PM
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No we used exactly the container that you posted here. It looked exactly like that.

And we put it in two trash bags as double protection against spills.

I don't think anything leaked in the trunk.

However, the car absolutely reeked of gasoline. The gasoline smell will not come out of the car. I'll have to leave the windows down for a couple of days and see if that helps. But right now it is undriveable practically.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:53 PM
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There had to be a small leak somewhere, even spilling a tiny amount when taking the gas pump out will stink up the car to high hell. Just have to leave the trunk open
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:54 PM
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Will the smell actually go away?
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:24 PM
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Gas will actually evaporate away, and with it being summer it should evaporate quickly. It should go away, but if it is something that is new to you then you might smell it for a while because you are "looking" for it.

It should reside. More than likely your trunk was hot and the gas was evaporating out. Make sure you have a gas container with a good seal. You know you do when the gas can swells up and when you take the yellow top off, you hear the pressure release.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:25 AM
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Only fill it half way, less chance of leakage.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:54 AM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Those containers are not meant to be transported like that. Remove the yellow cap. Remove the black screw-on cap from the can. Push the nozzle tube out. Push the yellow cap into the black screw-on cap from the bottom. Turn the nozzle upside down and push the base up into the screw on cap. Fill the tank at the gas station and then screw the cap onto the tank HARD. Yes, the nozzle tube will be covered in the gas. It will smell when you get home and remove it. Yes, the gas in the tank will build a little pressure and the sides of the tank will bulge, but the pressure is well within the strength of the container.

If you are still smelling gas in the trunk after leaving it open for an hour, you either spilled a significant amount of gas, have a leak in the container, or you have a gas leak in the car itself.

Personally, I hate these containers and the carb containers. They are stupidly and cheaply designed, and can almost be guaranteed to spill gas when filling a lawnmower engine. Buy a 3' or 4' length of 3/8" vinyl tubing. When filling a mower, put the tank on a stand above the level of the mower, stick all but the very end of the tube into the tank, cover the end with your thumb, pull out what you need of the tube and siphon the gas into the mower tank. You can get fancier with a bulldog clip or pumped system, but just about anything is better than using these cans as designed.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:13 PM
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most times the smeell is there because you got gas on the container during filling, or don't have the filler neck properly in the can (as stated above) and sealed close, or the container has a leak, or you used a non approved container and the gas melted a hole in in, or the vent was not properly closed, or you overfilled the container above the fill line and when you reassembeled the container for transport that caused gas to overflow out of the container. or, you filled the container while it was still in the trunk causing the fumes to get everywhere.
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