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I have a 2000 Taurus, 128000 mi. duratech 24 valve V6. Long story short- loaned car to friend and power steering went out. He took it to a shop and had the pump replaced. Now it reeks of gas in engine and comes in through the air vents. Poked around under the hood and it looks like it is leaking down and to the right of the alternator. Are these problems related? Any ideas on what needs to be fixed?

Any help would be appreciated. Did the water pump in my 92 corolla a few months ago and it took me 3 days!
 

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I have a 2000 Taurus, 128000 mi. duratech 24 valve V6. Long story short- loaned car to friend and power steering went out. He took it to a shop and had the pump replaced. Now it reeks of gas in engine and comes in through the air vents. Poked around under the hood and it looks like it is leaking down and to the right of the alternator. Are these problems related? Any ideas on what needs to be fixed?

Any help would be appreciated. Did the water pump in my 92 corolla a few months ago and it took me 3 days!

From the way you show the pictures and where the arrows are pointing if you have a gas leak from there you are in big trouble. I have NEVER seen a 3.0 leak gas from there, let alone how you would fix that. The last time I was under my hood, wires were running through those items. The smooth black wrap leads to a plug connection for a sensor, the bumpy loom is to protect the wires for your coil plugs. You may want to look better and find where the leak actually is.
 

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There is a TSB out for 00-01 Duratecs. It references replacing the valve cover and lower intake gaskets (culprit maybe?) as well as the uim gaskets. Had a similar smell inside the car one day out of the blue. Had the dealer do the repair job...$600+ job parts and labor. I think I have a thread that documents this...
 

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Nick - Tried to find your thread on that. Man, you have quite a thread history and over 11,000 posts! I will get back under the hood tomorrow during the light of day and see if I can better pinpoint the location. I was going primarily by smell, and down deep in there where the arrows are pointing it looked wet and smelled the worst. I'll work on my Corolla and my Miata, but I just don't think I should work on this car. If it is $600 bad I might be selling a slightly broken Taurus!
 

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It's most likely an O-ring on the fuel injector closest to the arrow. There is nothing in that area that can leak fuel except for the highly pressurized fuel rails, so it's most likely accumulating there, but that is definitely not the source.

Although, I am wondering why the hell they had the intake off to do the power steering pump. :pat:

However, if this started immediately after having the car serviced, then you should take it back to where it was done since they most likely caused it.
 

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Here is the TSB about the smell:
Article No.
01-4-3

03/05/01

^ FUEL - FUEL ODOR - FUEL SMELL FROM
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT - VEHICLES
EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L 4 - VALVE DURATEC ENGINE
ONLY - UPDATED LOWER INTAKE MANIFOLD
GASKETS

^ CLIMATE CONTROL - ODOR - FUEL SMELL FROM
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT THROUGH VENTS -
VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L 4 - VALVE
DURATEC ENGINE ONLY - UPDATED LOWER
INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKETS

^ ENGINE - FUEL ODOR - FUEL SMELL FROM
PASSENGER COMPARTMENT THROUGH VENTS -
VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L 4-VALVE
DURATEC ENGINE ONLY - UPDATED LOWER
INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKETS

FORD:
2000-2001 TAURUS 2001 ESCAPE

MERCURY:
2000-2001 SABLE

This article applies to 2000-2001 Taurus/Sable vehicles with 3.0L 4V Duratec engine built through 4/1/2001 and 2001 Escape vehicles with 3.0L 4V Duratec engine built through 6/1/2001 only.

ISSUE
Some vehicles may exhibit a fuel odor noticed through the vents inside the vehicle. The odor may be noticed upon initial startup after "Hot Soak". This condition produces a fuel odor only and does not involve visible fuel or include the presence of a combustible mixture. This may be caused by the lower intake manifold gaskets.

ACTION
If fuel odor condition is verified and no fuel leaks or mechanical problems are found, replace the lower intake gaskets with revised gaskets. Refer to the following Service Procedure.

Part # YF1Z-9439-AC
Part Name- Gasket set- lower intake manifold


Parts Block

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE
WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
OASIS CODES: 208000, 208999, 404000, 499000

Also hopefully when your mechanic did the repair job on your car, and he for some reason removed the fuel injectors, hopefully he didn't bust one of the plastic clips for the FI.
 
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