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Vehicle Warning Smells



Smelling something that doesn't seem normal can be a major warning sign that there's something wrong with your vehicle.

By the scent of your nose, you can detect a possible problem with your brakes, the catalytic converter and more.

Prevent severe and costly damage by learning the 6 vehicle warning smells:




1. Syrup: Smelling sweet syrup may be the indication of a leak in your engine's coolant. Caution: Do not open when the radiator cap is hot.
2. Gasoline: The smell of gas may mean there is a possible gas leak in the fuel tank or in the fuel injector line. Caution: Seek immediate attention if you smell gasoline; this is a potential fire hazard.
3. Hot Oil: The scent of hot oil may mean oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. This can also be confirmed by oil underneath your vehicle on the pavement or smoke coming from your engine. Caution: Make sure the engine is off before investigating for a possible leak.
4. Burnt Rubber: This smell could be the result of a slipping drive belt or loose hoses rubbing against rotating drive pulleys. Caution: Let the engine cool down before inspecting.
5. Burning Carpet: There may be a problem with your brakes if you smell burning carpet. If it continues during regular driving conditions, seek immediate attention. Caution: Failing brakes is a serious safety hazard.
6. Rotten Eggs: The smell of rotten eggs may mean the catalytic converter is not converting hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust properly. Caution: Problems in the engine may cause the catalytic converter to completely fail by overloading.