My Car...Why Does It Stink??
December 13th, 2016
Sometimes a car can get a real smell to it…and no, we don’t mean the smell that comes from leftover fast food wrappers or spilled sodas. Sometimes a bad smell can mean a real problem is developing:
--A sickly, sweetish maple-syrup/chemical smell is likely coolant. It could mean, if you’re lucky, a leak in a radiator or heater hose…or if you’re not lucky, a failed intake manifold gasket or cylinder head gasket. If you smell the odor inside the passenger compartment, check the passenger floorboard for moisture; it could mean the heater core is leaking.
--A smell like gym socks most likely means mildew growing in the A/C system. The condenser in the system should also be drying the air, but in older vehicles, mildew can still accumulate. In most cases, running the fan on high with the A/C turned off ...