Fuel smell coming from new car
I bought a new 2019 Kia Forte FE in January. The car has about 2,000 mile on it. Shortly after getting it, and particularly after the weather began to warm up, I noticed the car emitting a raw gasoline odor. The smell appears a little when driving, particularly when stopped at a light, etc. It is especially noticeable in the 1.5 car garage where the car is parked after a drive, again it seems particularly strong when it's hotter out. If the car sits a day or so in the garage, the smell passes. There's not much I haven't done on a car, including a couple full engine rebuilds, but my knowledge is a little dated & I'm not completely up to speed on the current state of the art of pollution controls, computers/electronics, etc. I fully inspected the car looking for leaks, but found nothing damp with fuel anywhere on the car, or the floor under it. The only source of smell I was able to find is in the area of the fuel rail/injectors and where the injectors enter the head. I have replaced a few injectors on older cars, but I can't recall if it's "normal" for injectors to smell of fuel. I'd think it isn't, particularly on a brand new car. I took the car back to the dealer but, surprise, surprise, they claimed they were not able to "reproduce the problem." I wasn't shocked by this, dealers being what they are, but I was more expecting the usual "Oh, they ALL do that" nonsense. The tech did say he believed the car was "safe to drive." I'd love to hear some thoughts on this issue, particularly regarding the fuel odor in the area of the injectors, if that's normal, or if the odor source might be in the pollution control/fuel vapor containment system. If it might be the latter, which component(s) should I check out, and where are they usually located? Not a huge issue to replace the 8 o-rings which seal the injectors to the rail & head, I can do that myself, though at this point I'm an older guy without a ton of extra $$$ & I'd prefer the dealer to DO THEIR JOB and fix this issue.