My Car...Why Does It Smell Bad?

December 1st, 2016

Suddenly, you notice a weird smell in your car and it is NOT very pleasant. Coolant Leak in Boulder COIt’s important to know what might be making your car smell…because it could be an indicator of something more serious than leftover food under the seat. Here is a list of common car odors and what they could mean. 

Maple syrup: A maple/chemical smell often means there’s a coolant leak somewhere. It has a sharp and unmistakable sweetish twang to its odor…and if you’re leaving puddles of coolant around, you could easily poison a dog or a cat, as they love the taste of the stuff.

Burnt toast: Transmission fluid burning on a hot surface has an entirely different smell from hot oil. Look for puddles of magenta-colored lubricant under the vehicle.

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