What’s that Smell?

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What’s that bad smell? If your car suddenly smells different and it is giving off a sickening odor instead of smelling like your car, follow your nose and find the culprit.

Does it smell musty when you turn on the AC? If this is the case, mold or mildew could be lodged right in your car’s air conditioning system or maybe the carpet is just wet. Whichever the case, it is imperative that you get rid of it because bad smells, whether they are hazardous or not, can be quite a nuisance. If you suspect that your vehicle’s AC is suffering from a mold infestation, it is important to keep in mind that mold can cause sneezing and coughing and can even lead to tightening of the chest. This means that you would need to deal with this problem right away to avoid certain medical conditions.

The best defense against mold is to keep your car interior clean. If it’s already there, get a good disinfectant and spray it into the vents. Make sure that the car is turned off when you do this.

While most smells that come from rotting food or just stuff left unattended in your car are easy to get rid of, other smells require professional assistance. If you smell something burning, it can mean that oil is dripping right onto a hot component of your car or your brake pads are in need of a replacement. If the odor smells like a sweet syrup, there could be a leak in your cooling system. For both of these things, you would need to book an appointment with an auto repair shop you trust. If you smell rotten eggs or sulfur, burning rubber, or burnt toast, call us immediately because these smells stem from car component problems that need to be fixed by a technician.