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Strange smells in your vehicle and what they could mean

Debunking the smell in your vehicle 

If you are smelling something unusual in your vehicle, this could be an indication something is wrong. We have rallied up some of the most common smells and what they could mean. Keep reading to find out. 

Burning rubber 

We often associate the burning rubber smell with tires screeching on the pavement, but another reason you may smell this scent could be because your engine belts or hoses are about to break or are loose. You may need to replace either of these as soon as possible. 

Rotten eggs or sulfur 

The hydrogen sulfide in your catalytic converter may not be properly processed which could lead to a rotten egg smell. Have your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.  

Old musty clothes 

If your vehicle is starting to smell like a grandma’s closet, there could be something wrong with your vehicle’s AC. It may have a buildup of mildew. One way to dry it out is by turning off the AC and putting your fans on high.  

A sweet, syrup scent 

When the coolant in your radiator leaks, it can give off a sweet smell. You will want to get this fixed as soon as possible so there is no damage done to your vehicle.  

Burning oil 

Of all the scents you may smell from your vehicle, this one is the most telling of what the issue may be. If you smell burning oil, the first thing you should do is check your oil level. You may have a leak or are just low and in need of a change. If your oil is fine, check your transmission fluid next. 

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