Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Notice

Identifying suspicious smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown.

Identifying suspicious smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown.

(NAPSA)-While most motorists are fond of what’s known as that “new car smell,” there are some other specific odors that motorists should also be aware of. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown. The Car Care Council recommends a sniff test of your vehicle to identify any unusual smells, including the following six warning signs:

1. The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot.

2. The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.

3. The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle such as a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.

4. The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.

5. The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.

6. If the smell of rotten eggs is coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter or a poorly running engine causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.

“When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead, bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care. For a copy of the council’s “Car Care Guide” or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

Any smell of fuel can indicate a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.

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