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How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your Car
No one likes riding in a smelly car. Locate the source of the smell, then give your car a thorough clean to keep it smelling fresh.
Top 10 Bad Car Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Ignoring car problems costs more than fixing them right away. Never ignore if your car has rough shifting, a shaky steering wheel, or is smoking.
How Long Does a Heat Shield Last?
The heat that is produced by the exhaust system of an engine is much higher than most people realize. With all of the vital and sensitive components that are on your engine,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fuel Return Hose
If your car has a carburetor and it gets flooded, fuel is leaking, or the car smells of gas, you may need to replace the fuel return hose.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Evaporative Emission Control Canister
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, raw fuel smell coming from the back of the car, and a collapsed or leaking fuel tank.
How to Find Odors in a Car
Different problems can cause bad odors in a car. Inspect the inside and outside of the car, then take the necessary cleaning or repair procedures.
How to Remove Dog Odors from Your Car
It isn’t unusual for dog owners to take their furry friends along for trips in the car. After all, a dog is supposed to be man’s best friend....
How Long Does a Muffler Last?
A car is a very complicated piece of machinery. In order for the car that you have to run as intended, all of its components will have to work as intended. Taking the...
Why Does the Air Coming Through My AC Vents Smell Bad?
When you turn on your car’s air conditioner, you should receive a flow of cold air that cools the cabin. It shouldn’t have any discernible smell. If you’re noticing strange smells coming from the...
How to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh
You love that fresh new-car smell, but sadly, it only lasts for a little while. But don’t worry! You can keep your car smelling good all year round...
How to Make an Air Freshener for Your Car
No one likes riding in a smelly car. Make your own car air freshener with simple items and your favorite scent to keep your car smelling fresh.

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Getting fumes and smell while idling and driving
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 2003 Audi A4 to have fumes and a smell when idling. Generally any EVAP or gasoline vapor leaks will trigger a check engine light with an EVAP leak code. In some cases...
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Slight smell of gas or oil and poorer mpg fuel efficiency
This may be a result of a faulty oxygen sensor. As you may know the oxygen sensors which are part of your emissions system read exhaust gases to determine whether or not the appropriate amount of oxygen is present in...
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My car has an oil leak and a gas smell, could this be an emissions issue?
The oil leak may or may not be relevant. But if you are smelling gas in the exhaust, something is probably making that side too rich. It could be a misfire, but you would have misfire codes for that. It...
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White smoke coming out of engine - 2000 Dodge Dakota
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. If the clutch was not working very well, then the clutch could have burned up the disks. This will cause white smoke from the engine compartment and smell like plastic burning. If you...
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Strong odor of fuel, black smoke on take off, and rough running
Hey there. The rough running condition is definitely related to the black smoke and fuel smell which indicates the motor is running rich or being supplied with too much fuel. This can happen for a variety of reasons such as...
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My car won't start or turn over. After trying a few times and stepping on the gas, the car drives, but once the car is turned off the issue recurs.
Based on what you've described, it sounds like the starter is failing, although there could be other possible faults as well. The starter's internal contacts could be worn and not providing sufficient conductive surface to activate the starter motor. The...
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My car has a fuel smell inside after putting gas in it
This is likely an evaporation emissions system leak. All modern cars are equipped with an Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) system. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and...
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Car possibly destroying batteries
Hey there. This may be related to a bad ground connection possibly causing a short or possibly a bad voltage regulator. This is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. Often times, this will result...
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Why do I smell gas in the car?
There could be several reason why your car is smelling like gas. Your car's spark plugs could be very worn out and not firing properly, causing the gas not to be burned properly and creating a gas smell in the...
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Alarm goes off randomly once or twice daily
Hi there. Deciding to replace or repair your vehicle is a decision you'll have to make. From the description you have provided, it may be that the only problem is a bad battery. When a battery has a sulfur smell,...
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Strange new smell - 2001 Toyota RAV4
Hi there. Trying to diagnose a smell remotely is very difficult as it's hard to describe what something smells like. However, in some cases, when a vehicle is stored, excessive dust or, if in moist areas, mold or fungus can...
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Burning wire smell coming from the alternator
The howling sound you are hearing is most likely your alternator failing. When it starts to make this kind of sound, this is a sign of the bearings inside beginning to fail (hence the whining noise) or the diodes inside...
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Gas smell when gas needle is on empty - 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
There are many reasons that the smell of fuel may be present; however, this may suggest that you have a problem with your evaporative emissions system. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the...
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My dog vomited in my car and now there's a heater vent smell
Hi there - you don't mention the make, model or year of your vehicle, but most cars and trucks now have a "cabin air filter" which filters air re-circulated in the passenger compartment. I would replace this filter, and, while...
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My car won't go up steep hills
Hello. Going up a hill is considered "extra load" on the engine. Issues with handling this extra load are typically due to poor engine performance. Starting with the spark plugs was a good idea. When you change the ignition coils,...
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Burning smell when constantly doing maneuvers - 2003 Vauxhall Corsa
Hello there. Unfortunately, we don't typically work on Vauxhall Corsas here in the U.S., but there are a few items that could cause a burning smell including a leaking engine or transmission oil, a "petrol" leak under the hood (as...
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Check Engine Light was on with a gas smell. I took it to the dealer.
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What does hot air below the driver' feet indicate?
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Engine oil cap popped out without a reason
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There's a smell when I drive my car is it the clutch? My car has 23000 miles.
Hi there: When a clutch is wearing out or gives off a smell, it's usually similar to rotten eggs or burning rubber if it's actual clutch disks. There will be other indicators such as slipping of the clutch once the...

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