by Nathan Michael - Posted 5 months ago
· A maple syrup odor is a sign that coolant is leaking somewhere. This usually becomes apparent once the car has been running for a bit and the engine is nice and warmed up. Your mechanic should be able to locate the source. It could be your radiator cap or the radiator itself leaking.
· Smelling something akin to carpet burning after you’ve been driving a while is never pleasant or a good sign. Think back to your recent driving and you will probably recall frequent or heavy braking. Chances are you have a brake pad that’s stuck or just overheating.
· A strong gasoline odor is another unwelcome one, especially when you’ve not been anywhere near a gas station in the last day or so. You may experience this when the car has been parked for a bit in warmer weather. Have your fuel injection system checked to see if there’s a leak.
· A rotten egg or sulfur odor is not only unpleasant to the nose, it can be a sign of expensive things to come. Some gasoline has tiny amounts of sulfur in it, but it shouldn’t be apparent to you if your car is functioning properly. Let a mechanic in on the smell first hand and he should be able to pinpoint the cause.
Bottom line with any unusual smell coming from your car: get it to a mechanic to figure out the source. Trust your nose to know when something is wrong.