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    Help, I need some insight from you guys.

    Every time i start my car, I smell gas or burning oil in the cabin. I think it could be a VCG issue but I am not sure.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance.

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    If you're smelling it as soon as you start the car, it's not likely to be burning oil-- nothing is hot yet.

    Take a look at the passenger side rear of the motor and find the heat shield that covers the manifold. Look for leaking oil there. If you have a vcg leak you'll likely have oil there. It will look like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayger12 View Post
    If you're smelling it as soon as you start the car, it's not likely to be burning oil-- nothing is hot yet.

    Take a look at the passenger side rear of the motor and find the heat shield that covers the manifold. Look for leaking oil there. If you have a vcg leak you'll likely have oil there. It will look like this.

    Thanks for the quick reply, so if I find this problem, then it's the VCG right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakashi169 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply, so if I find this problem, then it's the VCG right?
    If you find that than the vcg is a problem. Might not be the problem that's causing the odor when you start it up.

    Certainly a common issue with our cars, though.
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    If he's also getting gas smell, maybe fuel injector issue? When my VCG failed it only smelled of burning oil after fully warmed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayger12 View Post
    If you find that than the vcg is a problem. Might not be the problem that's causing the odor when you start it up.

    Certainly a common issue with our cars, though.
    The odor being a common problem? Blah, I'll check in a bit. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakashi169 View Post
    The odor being a common problem? Blah, I'll check in a bit. Thanks.
    vcg leak being the common problem.

    Welcome. Let us know what you find.
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    What's your mileage? Exhaust leak could give you a gas-like smell on startup.
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