What is That Strange Smell in My Car?

We all are familiar with strange smells in our cars when we leave food or trash overnight. However, if you are smelling something strange every time you start or drive your vehicle, and there is no food or trash in sight, this can be a sign that something is wrong. Typically, a strange smell is an indication of either a leak or that a particular component is malfunctioning. Lets look at some of the most common car smells and what they can indicate.

  • Exhaust (sulfur-like smell) - this can indicate that their are exhaust fumes inside your cabin, which is extremely dangerous to your health. Get this checked out immediately. 
  • Gasoline - a gasoline smell usually points to some type of fuel leak in the system, which can leave you stranded if you continue driving. 
  • Maple syrup - a sweet syrup smell is leaking coolant. Without proper coolant, your engine can quickly overheat, so be sure to have your vehicle inspection as soon as possible. 
  • Rotten eggs - this is due to a catalytic converter failure, which can be dangerous if you are breathing in toxic gases.
  • Burning rubber - a burning rubber smell can point to a few different things, including the tires, belts, and more.
  • Mold - a mold smell when the air conditioning is turned on points to mold or mildew build up in the HVAC system, which can be harmful to your health if breathed in for extended periods of time. 

As soon as you notice any type of strange smell in your car, we recommended coming into Coventry Motors for an inspection. The issue could be major and ignoring it can cause the problem to progress, leading to more repairs. We will get to the bottom of the problem quickly and ensure that the issue is fixed the first time around. Give us a call or make an appointment online today!

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