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What's that Smell? Common Vehicle Smells & What They Indicate

We understand that it can be concerning when you start smelling a weird scent in your vehicle, especially if that scent is of gasoline or rotten eggs. There are certain common smells that can be indicative of things, such as a needed repair or possibly cleaning.

If you do smell something off, chances are its your vehicle's way of letting you know that something is wrong. Never ignore a strange smell that lingers for days, because there could be an issue wrong with your vehicle that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. 

Here are some of the common car smells and what they can indicate: 

  • If you smell something funky, try to identify where the smell is coming from. A funky or rotten smell could be coming from a hidden old food item somewhere in your car. A smell of rotten eggs, however, can actually be a sign of a catalytic converter problem that will need to be inspected as soon as possible. 
  • If your car smells like mold or mildew, deep clean your car by vacuuming and steam cleaning the interior. More than likely, the smell is just due to dirty upholstery that can be cleaned. If you smell mold when the air conditioning system is turned on, there could be an issue there which will need to be looked at by your local trusted mechanic. 
  • If you smell gasoline while driving, this is usually an indication of a fuel system issue. Be sure to have this inspected as soon as possible. 
  • Other ways to help with interior cars smell scent plug ins for the air conditioning vents or hanging air freshener. 

If you ever smell something off that you can’t pinpoint, we recommend bringing your vehicle into our shop for an inspection. The smell could be coming from a vital component, and it may be an indication of a problem. 

Give us a call here at Pro Auto Care if you're experiencing any strange symptoms or stop by our shop today for friendly assistance!