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I’ve got an issue that both my mechanic and I can’t figure out. I have a 2001 Ford Excursion 6.8L V10. It runs like a champ, gets really good mileage for what it is, but there a strong fuel vapor smell coming from the charcoal vapor canister under the hood. You can smell it outside the truck and the smell gets pulled in through the vents - have to use Max AC recirc.

After checking and testing, I can confirm that the fuel vapor smell is coming from the charcoal canister and not anywhere else on the engine. The smell gets worse as the tank drains: Full Tank - Almost No Smell; Half Tank - Strong Smell; 1/4 Tank - Very Strong Smell.

Here is all that we have tried.
-Replaced Fuel Cap (Genuine Ford)
-Visually inspected the Evap Lines - Look Good
-Visually inspected Fuel Line and Fuel Filter - Look Good
-Checked the Fuel System for Leaks - None
-Pressure Tested the Fuel System - No Leaks
-Ran Multiple Smoke Tests on Evap System - No Leaks
-Checked the Computer for Codes - No Codes
-Replaced the Charcoal Vapor Canister (Genuine Ford)

We are totally stumped. I searched all the forums and can find issues with plugs, fuel injector o-rings, and leaks, but this has all be checked.

Any help would be appreciated!
 
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