Types of Unusual Vehicle Smells

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when something's wrong with your car, especially if it's not making any funny noises or acting strange. However, one thing that can indicate something's wrong with your car if you're paying attention is any unusual smells coming from your car. Sometimes these smells may come in through the vents or if you have your window open, indicating you may need to get your car looked at.

Different Smells

There are a variety of different smells that can indicate a problem with your vehicle. Some of these can even smell like foods you eat or have been around recently, which is why it's important to pay attention. For example, your car could smell like rotten eggs or maple syrup, and if you had McDonald's breakfast earlier that day, you may confuse it with old food instead of issues with your vehicle.

A couple of other smells that can indicate an issue with your vehicle are smells of burnt paper or burnt carpet, and one that may not be so unusual, but still doesn't smell the greatest, burnt oil. If you smell a musty smell, almost like you're in a musty basement, this can also indicate an issue. Each one of these smells has its own set of issues that you may be able to diagnose and solve on your own.

How to Solve the Smell

If you're smelling rotten eggs in your car, this may mean that there is an issue with your converter, and

if you are smelling maple syrup and the engine has been running for a few minutes, there could either be a leak from somewhere around your radiator or a problem with the heater core.

If you are smelling the burnt paper scent and you're driving a stick shift, this may mean that you are shifting too frequently and that the clutch facing is burning off.

If you are smelling burnt oil, there could be a variety of things happening. It's a good idea to check your oil and make sure you aren't running low, causing the engine to overheat. This could also indicate a leak or an issue with your transmission fluid.

If you smell burnt carpet, especially after braking, it could mean that you're braking too much, causing your brake pads to overheat.

The musty basement smell is the least concerning but still needs to get checked because it may mean you have mildew growing inside of your A/C.

If you need a vehicle inspection performed to check out a strange smell, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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