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Old 04-06-2018, 10:02 PM   #1
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How do you get rid of gas odor in car (trunk carpet)?

So with the rise in gas prices, I finally got myself 3 jerry cans. Had to dodge an idiot on the highway, so that resulted in 1 jerry can tipping over. I left the vent open so that the can doesn't have too much pressurized gasoline fumes, but that allowed it to spill when it tipped over.

Sucks cause I even followed an RSer's tip about wiping down all the cans before putting it into the trunk to avoid this. Probably gonna have a spider's nest in my car after tonight, as all my windows are open to air it out.

With this insane headache, I ask you experienced RSers, how do you get rid of the gasoline smell in the car?
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The vent is there for pouring the gas out without it burping, not for pressurization. Best thing to do is air out the car and drive with windows open.
gasoline evaporates fairly quickly
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Where did you put the jerry cans? The trunk?

Usually, the trunk trims are removable.

If you carry any kind of liquid in the trunk, it's a good idea to have a trunk tray, so when you make a mess, you won't stain any trunk pieces. I bought one from WeatherTech for my old Accord, and Mazda has one as an OEM accessory for my RX-8.
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if you're airing your trunk overnight disconnect the trunk light so you don't end up with a dead battery
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get superclean spray at canadian tire or walmart, spray it down, scrub lightly with brush. Use microfiber towels to dry
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Lawl fire ? Burn the gas off ?!

On a serious note I think it'll dissipate quickly once exposed to air. Airing it out should be fine
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The vent is there for pouring the gas out without it burping, not for pressurization. Best thing to do is air out the car and drive with windows open.
gasoline evaporates fairly quickly
Oh so when transporting and storing, I should make sure the vent is closed.

This is going to sound stupid, but if the vent was open overnight, when I start my car, it's not gonna explode right?

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If you are worried about that just open all your windows for 10 mins before you start your car. It's highly unlikely that much fumes have accumulated inside your cabin
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brah evaporated gas is wasted gas
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Oh so when transporting and storing, I should make sure the vent is closed.

This is going to sound stupid, but if the vent was open overnight, when I start my car, it's not gonna explode right?

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Leave the damn vent closed! The jerry can is designed to handle the pressure - it's not even hot out. You're also degrading the gas, by letting air get to it.
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if you're airing your trunk overnight disconnect the trunk light so you don't end up with a dead battery
Wonder if the heat produced by halogen bulbs would also be a potential issue.

I usually just unplug the LED bulb in the trunk if I need to leave my trunk open.
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You didn’t bunjee chord your Jerry cans to prevent them tipping over?????
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Wonder if the heat produced by halogen bulbs would also be a potential issue.

I usually just unplug the LED bulb in the trunk if I need to leave my trunk open.
Yeah I was concerned that the light would cause a spark. So I left the trunk closed, folded the seats, rolled down all the windows and sunroof.

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You didnít bunjee chord your Jerry cans to prevent them tipping over?????
That would have been smart to do. Bunjee them together right? Too bad I can't fit 3 in a row cause of the HK subwoofer. Tho I think next time I'll try to bungee at least two together.
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It's not acetylene, the fumes won't light when you start the car.

Don't store acetylene in your car
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Leave the damn vent closed! The jerry can is designed to handle the pressure - it's not even hot out. You're also degrading the gas, by letting air get to it.
It just occurred to me that, by letting the gas sit in a non air tight container (jerry can) this will also happen. Google has various answers for this, but what does RS think?

How long do I have before the octane rating of 92 degrades below 91 Canadian?
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I need to make one of those 'baby on board' signs but have it say 'don't shoot, jerry cans on board'
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Yeah I was concerned that the light would cause a spark. So I left the trunk closed, folded the seats, rolled down all the windows and sunroof.
You do realize that bulbs don't create any sparks, but motors like the ones in the windows and sunroof create lots of sparks internally.
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yeah keep it tight...general shelf life is 2 weeks? I haven't tested to see if worse fuel milage if it's month-old
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yeah keep it tight...general shelf life is 2 weeks? I haven't tested to see if worse fuel milage if it's month-old
Gas is good for at least 3 to 5 months.
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good to know, can you add stabilizers to jerry cans? or is that only meant for gas already in fuel systems
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coming from a professional detailer, you have to gut the trunk out. rise everything with degreaser and lots of water. then take the drain plug out of the trunk and rinse everything in there.

if you spilled alot and it went underneath the rear seats towards the main cabin your have a whole other issue with underlay being soaked.
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