Cars are our faithful servants. Give them proper service and repairs, and make sure the car is driving on the road with nominal problems. Noise is a common symptom, but paying attention to unusual smells can help you spot obvious problems quickly.
Here we take a look at 5 scents you should never ignore.
The smell of burning rubber
The engine relies on a series of belts and rubber hoses for daily driving. The smell of burning rubber in your car could indicate that the rubber hose or rubber belt under the hood is loose. When this happens, these parts can spin and come into contact with hot parts of the engine – which is why they smell like rubber.
The smell of gasoline or diesel
When you smell gasoline while driving, it means that there is a leak in one of the pipes carrying it. Gas can be emitted into the fuel injector or fuel tank.
Fuel leaks in modern cars are minimal, and only occur when the seals around the fuel lines are removed over time.
The smell of burning carpet
This smell reveals that there may be a problem with your brake pads or that your steering gear may be overheating. Note that the brakes are an important part of your vehicle, and any problems with them should be fixed immediately to avoid any risks.
The smell of rotten eggs
This smell indicates a problem with the catalytic converter. The purpose of the converter is to convert the gases from your car’s engine into a form that can be released, and its smell indicates that it is not working properly.
In some cases, this could be an indication of a problem with the engine flooding the catalytic converter.
This sweet smell is caused by an engine coolant leak. This is not good for your engine because the coolant relies on a closed system to keep it cool. Coolant leaks can cause the engine to overheat. Open the radiator carefully and do not open it when it is very hot to avoid burning.
With regular maintenance, it’s easy to keep your car in good shape and avoid some of the issues mentioned in this guide. The experts at Nippon Auto can help.