If your car is smelling funny, it could be a sign of a problem. Unless you know you just brought a smelly source into the vehicle, then it may be coming from your car itself. What do those funky smells mean? Is there an expensive auto repair bill in your future? Use this information from Foss Cars to help figure out what is going on with the car. Don’t let these issues make you not want to go for a drive.
Here are some common car smells and what they might mean:
- Musty smell – This can happen when you turn on the AC. Usually it means that moisture has collected in the evaporator and created mold. When you turn the AC on, that smell is pushed out of the vents.
- Burning smell – This is often the most alarming for people. It could mean an oil leak, or it could be from aggressive braking, riding the clutch pedal, or that leaves and other material has gotten into your engine compartment. If this smell continues, visit the dealership to have it checked out.
- Rotten eggs – Usually rotten egg smell comes from the exhaust. It may mean your catalytic converter has gone bad.
- Sweet smell – A sweet smell can be antifreeze leaking. This usually smells a bit like syrup. You should check for visible leaks and also check your antifreeze levels in the tank.
- Rubber smell – A smell of rubber or burning rubber could be a drive belt that’s slipping or that has gotten broken. It could also be an overheated clutch brake.
These are just some recommendations. No one can really analyze your car smell without seeing and smelling it firsthand. If your car is smelling funny, take it into a repair shop to get it checked out before the problem gets worse.