5 Strange Car Smells and What They Mean
#1 Burning Carpet
Picture this: You’re driving down the road and smell a strong burning odor. Not only does it smell like something is burning it in your vehicle, but the odor also seems to be related to fabric or carpet. Although this is not a normal occurrence, it isn’t unheard of. The culprit? Overheated brake pads. The first thing to do is check to see if you’ve left the handbrake on. If not, get your brakes checked out right away.
Smelling gasoline after you filled up is common, but getting a whiff of gas randomly while you’re driving suggests a bigger problem. Usually, there is a leak in an injector line or the gas tank. The first step to take when you smell gas is to try and find the source. With a fuel-injection line leak, you’ll probably notice the smell right after driving. If your interior smells like gasoline, the issue may be irregular fuel pressure. Regardless of the source, a gas leak can leave a puddle of fuel under your vehicle. This is a fire hazard and makes it important to seek repair help right away.
#5 Burning Rubber
The smell of burning rubber is a unique odor that most drivers notice right away. It’s common after collisions in which the driver didn’t think there was a need to take their vehicle to a repair shop. Unfortunately, this can cause major issues in the long run. If it’s not a tire care issue, other parts might be at play. Two major reasons for this rubbery smell are a drive belt that has slipped or a hose that was knocked loose and is now rubbing. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. All you need is to do a little tightening!
Still, if you have a strange car smell that you’re concerned about, you should have it checked out. Just make sure it’s a body shop you can trust. If you feel like your issues may be connected to a prior collision or crash damage, feel free to call Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734 so that we can check out your vehicle and provide you with a free estimate, strange smell free!