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Questions tagged [smell]

Use for questions where smell is a defining feature – e.g., in cases where a distinctive smell helps to diagnose a problem, or where you want to ask about a smell as the primary issue.

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2000 Suburban brake “Imbalance” issue

My son-in-law has a 2000 Suburban. We replaced all 4 rotors and pads as well as the left rear caliper. The caliper was replaced because upon completion of the initial brake job during the test drive ...
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Awful smell when reversing AND fully cranking the wheel

I drive a used 2004 Subaru Forester (owned for 2.5 years now). The clutch went out last summer so that's been replaced. I've experienced the aforementioned issue only a few times when both the ...
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Burning Rubber Smell

I have a 2015 Chevy Trax. Recently I have noticed that when the car is idling it smells like burning rubber and will only happen after about 10 mins of driving. Living in northern Ontario I warm my ...
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How to remove decomposed food smell from car interior fibers?

Car was parked up fro 3 months or so and it seems there was food decomposing in it during this period. I could see the food not sure what it was but it was all decomposed like with green bits in it ...
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Nasty smell in Subaru Outback

The car is a 2006 Subaru Outback with 82,000 miles. At low speeds we sometimes get a strong smell like natural gas in the cabin. Took it to the dealer twice, but it behaved -- no smell. The car has ...
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Plastic smell of new flex exhaust pipe

I've just got installed new flex exhaust pipe. After driving for few minutes, when the engine started to get to operating temperature I started to notice a plastic odor inside of a car. I started to ...
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Brake pad wears faster than other three

I've changed all my calipers, all my rotors, and all my pads in an attempt to fix this problem, but it has not gone away. My rear passenger brake pad wears fast, to the point where it begins to grind,...
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Why is it that my car smells like it's overheating but my temperature gauge says that it's not?

I have a 2006 Nissan Maxima with a hundred and sixty-eight thousand miles on it. The water pump works fine but for some reason everytime I get out of my car it smells like it's overheating and yet my ...
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Are oxide machines effective for permanently removing smoke odor from vehicle interiors?

I'm looking to buy a used car (2017 Prius Prime - leather interior) and the dealership informed me that there was a faint odor of smoke in the vehicle. They left an oxide machine in the vehicle over ...
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98 Mustang Randomly loses power w/ gas smell

So when I'm driving around, and specifically when it's humid as I've noticed, my car will randomly lose power and when at a constant speed, start lurching back and forth. Every time this happens, all ...
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Fuel smells inside the car when at idle

I have a 2002 Honda civic 1.7L. The car started to make a deeper sound and at idles with heat on, it smells fuel inside the car. Not sure if related, I recently went camping, I parked the car on a ...
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How to remove an odor left by mice leaving dry dog food in my vent system. 2008 Honda Civic

I had a bag of dry dog food in the garage and a mouse or rat took an awful lot of it into the vent system, to store it I suppose. The smell is bad. I have removed/replaced the cabin filter twice. I ...
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Water logged car smell

Car was caught in a flood and water got in up to the glove compartment. We got it running again after replacing a bunch of parts. But that smell. I had another guy shampoo it, but a friend of mine ...
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2011 Subaru Impreza (Automatic) Slipping when shifting uphill

My car has been having a hard time shifting when I accelerate a lot, mainly when I am driving uphill. It seems like it is slipping. There is also a burning smell from time to time I notice when I have ...
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What is causing burning smell and over reving sound?

I previously asked this question Can flooring accelarator damage car in any way? and it seemed people were saying it will wear parts out, but over time i.e. not in a week or month. I have been ...
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Motorcycle: burning smell from engine area

Soon after the bike is started up, a burning smell starts coming from somewhere in the engine area. No smoke. It is not a smell of a burned wires, plastic, or rubber, but a distinctive smell of an ...
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Mercedes 2003 unpredictably shudders and acts like it's going to stall at a stop light, then hesitant to accelerate

My 2003 Mercedes has acted like it's going to stall at stop lights occasionally for the last few months-shudders at stop signs, then recovers. Today I rev'd it in neutral out of fear it would stall. ...
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burning rubber smell from car

So, last night saw temperatures dip well below freezing and I parked in shaded place (this will become relevant). This morning I drove about half a mile to school and noticed a very strong burning ...
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Smell after engine change?

I recently changed my car engine and when I have the windows down I notice a rubbery smell which comes into the car. Any idea what this might be and what I should do about it?
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What could leak from my 2002 F150 V8 engine that smells like rotting garbage?

I mean, really smells like rotting garbage. Looks like oil, but don't think it is because the crankcase would have been empty long before now and because of the smell. It's a lifted 4x4. Has a ...
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Weird “hair” comming out of my muffler [duplicate]

I recently noticed a burned smell when driving a little bit faster. Today, I found this stuff comming out of my muffler: I cannot imagine that this material should be in the muffler. However, before ...
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Foul smell when taking air from outside (not AC)

I am getting a foul smell when I'm taking air from outside. Note that when I turn on AC and recycle the air inside, the smell is gone. But re-appears when I turn the AC off and start to take the air ...
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**strong burnt rubber odor** coming from the passenger side REAR tire area

I can smell a strong burnt rubber odour coming from the passenger side REAR tire area. I sprayed that tire and that area with some water and a lot of steam/smoke arose. I then sprayed the other ...
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Civic smells of burnt plastic and smokes a little twice a day

I have a 99 Honda Civic, automatic transmission. About two weeks ago, for about 10 seconds it started to smell like burnt plastic and a little smoke started going from under the hood. It stopped and ...
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Hands still smell like gasoline after multiple washings, it is safe to handle food?

I have been reparing my weed wacker, so I have the gasoline/oil mixture on my hands. I have washed them twice with hand soap, once with orange soap scrub, once with dish soap, once with hand ...
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White smoke and burning smell from engine area, can you spot the oil leak?

I own an Audi A4 2008. When I drive the car for more than 15 minutes I get white smoke coming from under the hood and a burning smell getting into my air conditioning system. When I open the hood, I ...
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Exhaust smells coming from ventilation system

The inside of my Suzuki Alto smells like exhaust/gas/oil. The smells seem to be coming through the ventilation system when the fan is blowing. What could cause these conditions?
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Honda Civic Hybrid: IMA Battery and egg-like smell

My 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid won't start. When I try to turn on the engine, the lights in the dashboard flash but nothing happens. I've jumped the car several times and have finally accepted that the ...
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Burning smell and smoke from rear tire

I was driving when I began smelling a burning, possibly rubber, smell and when I pulled over there was smoke coming from my passenger side rear tire well. Nothing appears to be wrong with the tire or ...
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Burning Smell and smoke

I know almost nothing about cars, I have an 05 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 The other day I had to brake hard, like the hardest I've ever braked, but it wasn't full foot down. As I stopped, I noticed a large ...
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Recreate new car smell

I bought a second hand Toyota Sienna 4 months ago. Even though it is a 2009 with 100,000km on it, the interior had that "new car" smell to it, and held it for several weeks. Four months later, the ...
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06 Solstice (Yay) Fuel smell after hard acceleration

Vehicle: the ever-present 2006 Solstice with aftermarket turbo. When I lift after hard acceleration, I can smell what I think is gas for a few seconds. It dissipates quickly, but is disturbing. A ...
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Strong gas odor 1997 VW Eurovan [closed]

Not strictly the gas cap...mechanic cannot diagnose the problem. I am the original owner, vehicle has 100 K in excellent condition except for this and the air conditioning also just went out (...
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Smell of Ammonia when driving. What can be the reason?

I started smelling ammonia when a drive. What can be the reason? I did recently changed the exhaust pipe. I drive infinity G35.
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Is Lysol a good treatment for the musky AC smell? [duplicate]

So i bought my BRAND NEW Corolla 6 months ago. Recently i started smelling a musky smell coimg out of the AC. The smell is especially persistent when the AC is off (yes OFF, not ON) So I went to the ...
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2002 Mercedes E320 - Exhaust getting into the cabin of the vehicle and causing headaches

Experiencing exhaust fumes in the car. It's causing eyes burning and headaches after driving the car for 30 minutes. The Dealer checked and found nothing wrong but every time after driving the car ...
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Mazda 3, temporary acidic vinegar/mayonnaise smell

Lately I have noticed, just after switching on the A/c, I smell some sort of a vinegar/mayonnaise mixed smell for about 5 mins, post which it disappears automatically.What could be the possible cause, ...
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How to get the swamp smell out of my car?

My 2000 Mercury Sable 4D Premium LS (Duratec 24V DOHC 3.0L engine) smells like a musty swamp. The door seals leaked a couple years ago, letting in water. Since then it has smelled awful. I'm gotten ...
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Clutch smell after botched attempt at accelerating on a ramp

Recently on a ramp in a parking structure I messed up when trying to accelerate again from a standstill by not letting the clutch out far enough and bringing the engine to way too high rpms (may have ...
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Vehicle tries to stall when at a stop

Have a 2009 Saturn. Two weeks ago I took it for a basic oil change at the dealership and requested that it be checked out for any other problems but I have noticed that sometimes at a stop light it ...
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Why is oil on my throttle body hose?

I've been tracking down a number of low grade oil smells in the car lately (2004 Subaru WRX). So far, that has included replacing the left front axle (was losing all kinds of grease through the boot),...
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For cleaning HVAC with Lysol, should the AC be on or off?

Many people recommend spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray or similar products into the HVAC intake to kill mold and bad odors inside HVAC. Should the AC be on or off for this procedure? As far as I ...
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My car's diesel exhaust smells really bad

First of all let me say I apparently have no exhaust leak. For a long time I've been asking myself how was it possible that the exhaust of my car smells so bad. It does it when in the morning, I ...
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Which knob setting best cooks the mold inside HVAC?

I am trying to eliminate odors inside HVAC by cooking the mold that is presumably causing them, as suggested in https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/146/15334 (which got 39 upvotes) However, I don't ...
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How to eliminate odors from the vents? [duplicate]

How to eliminate odors from the vents? (The odor is noticeable, even though it's been months since I used the A/C) Many people recommend spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray into the A/C air intake, ...
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2009 Hyundai Sante Fe - gas smell in cabin after replacing fuel sending unit. has been repaired 4x's now

Fuel sending unit replaced. Since then it has gas smell in car. It has been redone by mechanics four times now but still has a gas smell when the gas level is in the first quarter of the tank. Cap ...
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Burning Rubber while driving and after

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 ...
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A foul odor inside vehicle, like something is dead inside vehicle (Toyota Camry 2002), especially when car is not running [duplicate]

Over the past 5 days, I detected a really bad foul odor inside my 2002 Toyota Camry. It is worst when the car sits overnight, or for any length of time. As soon as I open the car door, "the smell ...
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Mercedes veto Exhaust

Just got a new exhaust fitted, the part that goes from the front wheel area all the way to the back. And NOW there is a smell of exhaust fumes in the veacle, that seams to be coming from the vents. ...
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Snow Blower Break In Smell

I just started my new snowblower today to try to break it in. Within maybe a minute it started emitting a "burning metal" smell. I stopped it and there was some smoke coming out of the air filter. ...