My Car Smells Funny | Wichita Auto Care

My Car Smells Funny | Wichita Auto Care

If you don’t feel comfortable, or don’t have the time, to take your car to a mechanic, call Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s will pick up your car or truck and return it thoroughly cleaned after it’s been serviced or repaired.

You were planning on picking up some food and then heading out for a picnic. But, if the weather forecasters are right, you won’t be able to do that. Perhaps it’s better to pick something up and have a Memorial Day picnic at home.

Doing that means you can avoid the rain. But it also means you won’t have to stay in your car for very long. You’ve been smelling something odd and you’re not sure if that means one of the kids dropped something in the vehicle or if something mechanical is acting up. You’re thinking you should have an auto care expert look at your car.

That’s probably wise. The non-profit Car Care Council says there are specific odors that motorists should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners avoid the expense of an unexpected breakdown.

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,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

The council notes there are at least six smells that should serve as a warning to drivers:

  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. “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.”

White said, “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.”

If you’re looking for a reliable Wichita auto care expert, look no further than the trusted auto care technicians at Tracy’s Automotive.

Tracy’s Automotive is here for you in this difficult time and, if you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

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