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Car Warning Smells Stone Mountain, GA


If something goes wrong with your vehicle, you can rely on warning lights and alert sounds to indicate the issue. However, there's another way you can predict what may have gone awry: using your nose.

Here are six common warning smells for cars, and what they might mean:

  1. Burnt rubber: The burnt rubber you smell could be caused by a number of things, including slipping drive belts or loose hoses slipping against your drive pulleys.

  2. Hot oil: If you think you smell hot oil, there's a good chance that oil is leaking into your exhaust system. If you check for a leak, be sure to turn off the engine first!

  3. Gasoline: This smell is easier to recognize, indicating a likely gas leak, perhaps from the fuel tank or from a fuel injector line. Keep in mind that any leaked gasoline is highly flammable!

  4. Syrup: Oddly, if you think you smell sweet syrup, your vehicle may be leaking engine coolant, which is used to keep your engine's temperature down.

  5. Burnt carpet: The smell of burnt carpet often implies trouble with your brakes, which can cause serious safety hazards. Be sure to get this checked out immediately!

  6. Rotten eggs: Lastly, the smell of rotten eggs is usually caused by the failure of the catalytic converter to convert hydrogen sulfide to sulfur dioxide.

If you smell any of these smells or anything else odd, come in and see us!  You can schedule a service appointment online and come into Gwinnett Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Stone Mountain, GA as soon as possible.

And it is always a good idea to get your car checked out before something goes wrong.  We look forward to seeing you for your next routine check soon, and in the meantime, drive safe!

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