Tonight I popped out in my partners car and noticed an awful burning/chemical smell whilst driving, this smell got worse if you turned on the AC (FAN BLOWER), so I got her to pull over and had her pop hood, nothing stood out from the unusual but I could detect that the smell was coming around where the battery lies, however I didn't want to sniff too much as I don't know if its toxic, the smell might be coming from under the battery I don't know, but definitly is stronger than anywhere else.
The smell is present while driving and for 10mins after the car engine has been turned off, its awful, rubber and chemically smell.
Sadly due to the Christmas period I'm unable to take her rather old car (Nissan Micra 2000) to my local garage. She has just had a MOT and had some wielding done under neath the car but that was over a week ago and it worked fine up to now, shes due a new car in the new year and I'm hoping she can make do for a couple of more months.
Attached is a image where the smell (red circle is where I think is coming from):
From what I've read online it could be a indication that the battery is going faulty, but the unusual thing is that it doesn't smell like rotten eggs as so many people describe. I'm hoping the weather is better tomorrow so I can take a better look but wondering if any wise sparks can give me a better indication what it could be....
- Smells of Rubber / Chemicals
- Comes from passenger side near battery/fuse box area
- Does not smell of sulphur (rotten eggs)
- Does not smoke or at least visible smoke
- Downfall of rain today was heaviest its been in decades