Sometimes, a funny smell is the first indication of car trouble. One of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers can help you track down the problem and get it fixed.
Just when you thought spring had arrived, a cold snap turns those warm days chilly again. But the cooler weather is only temporary, which is welcome news for folks who’d like to be out and about in warmer weather even if the warmer weather brings a stopped up nose from a springtime cold – or springtime pollen.
Colds, allergies and their accompanying stuffy nose is no fun. And the inability to smell anything may make you miss possible issues with your car.
“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car,” according to the nonprofit Car Care Council. The council adds that 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 Council points out at six smells that drivers should be especially alert to:
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“The smell of rotten eggs is never a good one and, if you smell it coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. This smell can also be attributed to a poor running engine, causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.”
If you notice any of those odors, or other peculiar smells, the Council advises you take your car to a trusted Madison auto care tech for a check up and possible repairs. You can find a reliable Madison auto repair specialist at any of Madison Auto Care's seven conveniently located NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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