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My 1999 Ford Escort LX has a problem with the clutch. It is a hydraulic clutch and a manual transmission. I need a diagram to show where the drain and filler plugs are in the transmission so that I can change the fluids. I also have the problem of smelling gas while I am driving. Normally, if the tank is full I smell it occasionally on short trips but always on long trips. If the tank is under 1/2 I smell it only on long trips. I have installed a new gas tank and had some work done on the exhaust but the problem is worse. Originally it happened when I went from high speed on the highway to the slower speeds of the regular roads. Now I smell it all of the time.

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Normal 0 You can get the diagram using, Online Auto Repair Manuals for Professionals, ALLDATA REPAIR, for FREE, at any Public Library.
About the Gasoline Smell:
First log on MPG of your car. This can be done by:
Top the gas tank at the Pump. That means after the pump stops give one more click.
Set the trip to ZERO.
The next time Top the gas tank, get the miles on the Trip, and gallons of gasoline to top the tank, from the pump. Divide the miles / gallon.
If your car has a very pure MPG you may have a corroded fuel line, a leaking gas tank or both. If this is true then you need a new fuel line and or new gas tank.
There are different reasons to smell gas in a car. The smell at the tail pipe indicates a totally misfiring cylinder. At the engine compartment, a loose spark plug and more.
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When you remove your gas cap do you have alot of pressure releasing out of you gas cap? Also do you smell it more while your running the a/c or do you smell it as if it where in the car? You might want to see if the fuel pump gasket was replaced when you had the new gas tank installed or possibly check under the hood for injectors or the pressure regulator. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

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