Smells Like Car Trouble

Usually, when your nose detects an odd smell in your car, it means there's something wrong. Some scents may be so alarming that they require immediate action, while others can be minor problems. Nevertheless, it would be best if you never overlooked any weird odor that your car may give off. Instead, we highly advise that you get professional help to diagnose your auto problem. Below is a quick guide on the most common car smells and what kind of automotive problem it relates to.

Sweetness/Maple Syrup - If your automobile smells sugary like maple syrup, then we have unfortunate news for you. A sweet-smelling scent signals a coolant leak within your cooling system. Depending on the severity of the leak, your car could overheat. Please rush to a mechanic immediately.

Gasoline - The smell of gas usually means there's a fuel leak. Most of the time, it's related to your fuel injector line or the fuel tank. A professional tech can inspect and trace the leak to its exact location.

Burning Carpet - Your brakes can cause a burning carpet stench. This odor will emanate from your brake pads or rotors when they overheat. It would be best to have these parts inspected as soon as possible to prevent unanticipated brake failure.

Hot Oil -  If you smell motor oil, your first thought should be to check your oil using the dipstick. If it looks close to empty and you recently had an oil change, you may have an engine oil leak. 

Burning Rubber - A burnt rubber smell can be a result of worn down or loosened rubber parts. These parts can include the serpentine belt, timing belts, and any of your hoses. Our techs at Kwik Kar Auto Repair can inspect these for you to ensure they are intact. 

Spoiled Eggs - If you catch this foul smell in your vehicle, it is most likely related to a catalytic converter problem. 


If you've caught any of these unpleasant scents in or around your vehicle, please do not ignore them. If the smell is persistent, please take your car to Kwik Kar Auto Repair today. 

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