By recognizing any smells, you can help reduce the chance for a serious and costly issue for your vehicle. If you notice anything out of the norm for your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it. Any particular smell, especially one that smells like something burning, should not be ignored.
If you notice the smell of rubber burning, it could mean a drive belt is slipping. The smell may also mean that a loose hose might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. If this smell occurs, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This way you can help to prevent any further damage to other parts of your vehicle.
Noticing the smell of hot oil could mean an issue with leaking oil. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Besides the smell, you may notice oil on the pavement after being parked there for a length of time. There may also be smoke that comes from under the hood in the engine area. You will also find yourself having to add oil more frequently than usual. If this is ignored, it can cause damage to parts under the hood, and possibly the engine.
Smelling gasoline when driving or right after parking is likely the sign of a fuel leak. The leak can be in any part of the fuel system. The leak can occur in the fuel injector line or also the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can have the risk of a possible fire hazard.
If you detect a smell that is a little sweet, your vehicle may be leaking coolant. The coolant can leak from any component related to the cooling system. If you check this at home, make sure to not open the radiator cap after your vehicle has been driven. The liquid can be hot and might cause burns if you check it before it has had the chance to cool down.
A rotten egg smell coming from your vehicle could mean a problem with the catalytic converter. The issue may be caused by it not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. It can also be the result of the engine running poorly and being overloaded. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.