Learning to pinpoint strange vehicle odors can help your automotive technician sniff out the real cause of the problem. Here are a few common odiferous car complaints.
Sweet smell, usually accompanied by steam from under the hood
Antifreeze or coolant leak
Clear liquid with a smell
Brake fluid leak
Heavy, thick smell, possibly accompanied by smoke from under the hood or from the exhaust
Acrid smell, like burned toast
Continuous, heavy sulfur smell, like rotten eggs
Burning material or rubber smell
Overheated brakes or clutch
Metallic smell, usually accompanied by antifreeze/coolant smell
Here is a troubleshooting checklist that will help you document problems with your vehicle. You can give this checklist to your counterperson, service advisor or service technician when you take your vehicle in for service.
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