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    Over the past few weeks I have noticed a strong smell of diesel (not exhaust fumes) from the front of the car. Mine is a 1.9 cdti 150. It is noticeable outside the car after it has been running for a while. My wife says that it stinks in the morning and it seems to be coming through the air vents when the heater is on. I have read a few similar posts and it may be the flexi pipe (whatever that is!). Any thoughts? Especially on price?

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    How's the car running? Is it sluggish or are you loosing any boost from the turbo?

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    No problems with the running. Nice and smooth and pulls OK

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    Have you looked under the bonnet for any potential leaks? Fuel pump or filter?

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    I'm really not technical Wouldn't really know where to look to be honest. i was just hoping someone would say "Yeah it's a common fault and dead easy and cheap to fix.." My wife has the car now. Might take a photo when the car comes back and post it if I see anything

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    Trim : Get a

    Engine : Dirty diesel

    Year : 2006

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    i have this very same thing on my 120 cdti, only thing is it comes and goes so quickly it's un-real, like a valve is venting...

    no leaks from anywhere around the engine bay, diesel filter and housing nice and dry, checked exhaust flexi and that is fine too, next thing i am going to check is the EGR valve, take it of clean it etc to see if this does anything

    if i find anything i shall let you know but iv'e been scratching my head about it for a good few weeks now
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    The lad who does all my servicing etc is going to have a look at it on Monday. It is absolutely stinking today and we can smell it coming through the air vents but disappears after about 5-10 minutes of driving. It only seems to smell once it has stood. Oh an I've noticed today after I had cleaned the car on the drive there seems to be loads of smoke from the exhaust...maybe coz it's cold but I've never noticed it smoke like that

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    is there white smoke on cold startup ????
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    Think I have found the leak



    This is the image taken from the front of the car. The pipe in the red square that is wrapped in some kind of tape is soaked with diesel.



    This is taken from side on. The nut in the red square seems to be leaking and diesel is soaking the area in the first photo. Not sure if this juts needs nipped up but leaving it for my mate to look at it in the morning.

    I have just started it up and not noticed any white smoke. i think when i was cleaning it yesterday it was just because it was sooooo cold.

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    Just started it from cold. There does seem to be a load of white smoke. This is going to be bad news isn't it?? :-(

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