What's that Smell? Identifying Car Odors and Potential Automotive Problems

Sometimes, you are driving around in your car and something smells funny. It may be something coming from outside the vehicle, or it could be the car itself giving off some unpleasant odors. It's important to pay attention and realize when a strange smell could be coming from your car. It could be the sign that something is wrong. Here are some of the most common automotive odors and potential causes:

Smells Like Gasoline

It's fairly common to smell gas after filling up the tank. You may have gotten some on your shoes/clothes and the smell may linger a bit. It should dissipate fairly quickly, especially if you roll your windows down for a little bit. If the gas smell lasts a long time and isn't going away, it could be something else. There may be a problem with the fuel cap, gas tank, fuel injector or fuel lines. It's best to get the vehicle looked at and catch the issue before it gets any worse.

Exhaust Fumes

If your car smells strongly of exhaust fumes inside the cabin, you want to be very careful. You may have an exhaust leak or something else wrong with your exhaust/emissions system. Exhaust fumes can be very dangerous to breathe, so you don't want to wait too long to get your car checked out.

Burning Smells

There are any number of burning smells that you might notice while driving. Burning rubber can mean issues with your tires, wheels or brakes. Sweet burning smells can be automotive fluids like transmission fluid, engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid or coolant. Fiery burning smells and smoke could be signs of electrical issues. Any persistent burning smell should be cause for concern and worth getting a professional vehicle inspection.

Are Those Rotten Eggs?

Does your car smell a little like rotten eggs or sulfur when you are driving? This could be a serious fuel system or exhaust system problem.

Musty Odors

If you notice that your vehicle has a musty or generally unpleasant odor coming from the vents, you may be overdue for replacing your cabin air filter. Sometimes mold or other bacteria can build up within the vent system, so you may want to look into an A/C tune-up or vent cleaning service to ensure you are breathing in cleaner air.

These are some of the many smells you might notice when driving. Unusual odors or sounds could be your car telling you something is wrong. For all your auto repair, maintenance and inspection needs in Northern Delaware, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your appointment online.



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