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In the good old days when cars had carburetors, if you followed a car down the street emitting strong gas fumes, it could be a number of things.

1. Loose gas cap
2. Fuel pump with ruptured diaphram causing fuel to leak out the top.
3. Stuck carburetor float causing liquid gasoline to overflow into cylinders.
4. Leaking fuel line

But with modern engines with electric fuel pumps and catalytic converters and check engine light, most of these are no longer possible or would be quickly detected.
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