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Odd Vehicle Smells and What They Mean

Odd Vehicle Smells and What They Mean

Have you ever noticed an usual car smell? Vehicles use various fluids, and when something goes wrong, an odd smell may become apparent. Bad car smells can indicate a mechanical problem and, if neglected, can lead to expensive repairs. If you need help sniffing out the odd scent coming from the vehicle, below is a list of common smells and what they could mean.  Sweet syrup smell Coolant as an active ingredient called ethylene glycol. If you notice a sweet syrup smell, this can signal there’s a coolant leak in the heating system or radiator. Burning smell A burning smell can indicate that one of your rubber hoses has deteriorated or become loose. A loose hose can burn due to moving across hot engine parts. Additionally, if oil leaks on hot engine parts, a strong burning smell may be noticeable. Musty Smell A musty smell usually comes from the A/C vents due to excess moisture accumulating in the air vents. Excess moisture causes mold and mil ... read more