5 Smells that Mean it is Time for Auto Repair

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5 Smells that Mean it is Time for Auto Repair


McKonly's Garage Blog

There are many ways to tell that your car is not operating as it should and it may be time for service. Some of the queues are a bit more obvious, such as a dashboard indicator light or a visible leak. However sometimes the problem could be less apparent. Some issues will raise symptoms that may seem suspicious but won't necessarily be calling out for diagnostics. This could include weird vibrations or strange smells, the focus of this article. If you ever notice the following odors don't hesitate to get to a repair shop for service.

Campfire Smell

Do you remember learning how to drive a stick shift and the smell that would be created when you held the clutch in too long as you accelerated? If this smokey smell occurs now that you've mastered stick shift driving it likely means that it is time for a clutch replacement or an adjustment.

Dirty Laundry Odor

If it smells like an old gym bag or other dirty clothes in your car there is a good chance there is mildew or mold growth in the AC or heater system. This can usually be fixed by blasting your heaters with the windows down to dry out the inside of the system.

Gas Station Smell

You know how the gas station always smells like, well, gasoline? If you can smell gas, especially when the car is parked inside, you may have a fuel leak. It could be in either vapor or liquid form. Either of these can be extremely dangerous. It could be coming from a fuel-injection line, a cracked gas cap or the fuel tank ventilation hose.

Maple Smell

This sweet smell indicates a coolant leak. Coolant has a very sweet smell that is attractive to animals. Unfortunately it is also very poisonous, which means the spill needs to be thoroughly cleaned. A lack of coolant in your car will put you at risk of overheating, which can lead to major engine problems.

Burning Oil Smell

No intricate name for the smell for this problem. If oil is leaking from your engine onto a hot exhaust manifold or other engine part you will be able to smell the oil burning. It may be reminiscent of oil used for cooking and deep frying.

It is important to always pay attention to signs of trouble regarding your vehicle. If you ever suspect so some sort of a problem don't hesitate to get in touch with an expert auto mechanic. If you are searching for vehicle diagnostics in Lancaster, PA head to McKonly's Garage. Our family owned auto shop will work quickly to identify the issue causing the smell and get you back on the road. Call today at (717) 208-8210 to request a quote or schedule an appointment for superior auto repair in Lancaster and the neighboring communities.


McKonly's Garage Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ