Most vehicles start out with a “new car smell,” but there are other specific odors that drivers should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected repair.
Strange smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs and keeping up with preventative maintenance you will save money and have more peace of mind.
The team at Automotive and Moore recommends a sniff test of your vehicle to identify any unusual smells, including the following six warning signs:
- The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot take your vehicle to a reputable shop.
- The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.
- The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle such as a fuel injector line. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.
- The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.
- The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions. Brakes are possibly the most important part of your car.
- The smell of rotten eggs is never a good one and, if you smell it coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter.
Anytime you smell something out of the ordinary please stop by so we can check it out.