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The smells can indicate minor or major mechanical issues in the car and therefore must be taken seriously to be able to detect the problems. These smells can be due to exhaust, fuel leaks, any burning of rubber, mold or hot oil. In order to gain in-depth knowledge of the common smells that indicate issues in cars, see the following s. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Common Smells Indicating Issues in Cars


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Common Smells Indicating Issues in Cars
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In-car smells can indicate minor or major
mechanical issues, depending on the nature of the
smell, its location, and whether any fluid leaks
or other symptoms are present.
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Fluid leaks are the most common source of unusual
smells in a vehicle. Gasoline, oil, coolant, and
other fluids can leak from ruptured hoses,
gaskets, and seals.
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Many components can cause fluids to leak if they
break or rupture, but some components themselves
can cause unusual odors if they stop working
properly.
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Smells coming out from under the hood or under
the vehicle often take on a specific, recurring
odor. Here are some odors you must take note of.
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Exhaust
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Carbon monoxide is a major component of vehicle
exhaust, and is often referred to as the silent
killer. You must get your car inspected
immediately.
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If exhaust fumes are present in the cabin, so is
carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can cause loss
of consciousness, and prolonged exposure can
cause death.
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Gasoline
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A strong smell of gasoline can indicate a leaking
fuel supply component or an evaporative emissions
component.
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In modern cars, fuel odors should not be
detectable at any time beyond refueling. You must
have the vehicle inspected by a professional
immediately.
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Sweet smell
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When a sweet smell is detectable, the likely
source is the coolant. The coolant travels
throughout the engine, radiator, hoses, and
heater core, which is located under the dashboard.
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A coolant smell will usually be followed by an
overheating condition, so a thorough visual
inspection should be performed immediately.
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Sulfer
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The most likely cause of a strong scent like
rotten eggs is a catalytic converter being
overwhelmed or reaching failure.
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Sometimes this can be a result of an overcharged
battery or fuel system issue. To avoid costly
repairs, have the car inspected as soon as
possible.
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Burning wood or rubber
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Overheating the brakes or tires can cause the car
interior to smell of burnt rubber and a slipping
or malfunctioning clutch can cause the interior
to smell like burning wood.
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In both the cases, letting the components cool
off for a few minutes may solve the problem, but
if the problem persists, then the components are
in the need of servicing.
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Hot oil
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As engine oil leaks from a failed gasket or seal,
it typically lands on hot components and gives
off a distinct smell.
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Small amounts of oil may neither leave traces on
the floor nor be easily seen without a thorough
inspection. It is vital to address the smell of
oil even if no oil is actually visible.
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Mildew or mold
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Usually, a musty odor indicates the buildup on
the vehicle's evaporator or a cabin air filter
that is due for replacement.
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An inspection of the duct system is required
under these circumstances and if there is a
presence of a cabin filter, then it needs to be
replaced.
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Finally
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You must not be complacent when you experience
these pungent smell coming from your car, and
should immediately take it for inspection.
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If you carry out a preventive maintenance, then
it will help you in avoiding most of the common
issues associated with cars.
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