Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: A smell is Coming from the hood of my car

asked by on

Smoke under the hood under the bottom or my car

My car has 263457 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello there, thank you for asking about you...

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2005 Ford Focus. Without additional detail this may be difficult to diagnose without physically inspecting the car. There are a number of smells that could come from the car, combined with smoke such as a fire or overheating related to a blown head gasket. Assuming this was not a fire, a blown head gasket can cause this kind of a smell and smoke to come from the car. When your car overheats as a result of a blown head gasket, the smoke coming from the engine is often times the coolant leaking into the engine and causing it to burn with the fuel which is what causes the smoke (normally a white smoke). Once the car cools down, check the oil to see if you find any traces of water in it. Also, check the coolant to see if you find any trace of oil in it. If either of these are true, it may be very likely you have a blown cylinder head gasket. I would recommend having an expert from Your Mechanic come to your home to diagnose the smell from your car and make necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Blown head gasket

Hello. When the head gasket blows it is a serious problem that should be addressed as soon as possible. There are two ways to fix this properly. The first way is to remove the cylinder head, have it machined and...

Q: Do I need to change my pulleys?

Anytime a pulley for a serpentine, power steering, or drive belt begins to show signs of wear, it's common for other pulleys to also wear out soon. If you drive your vehicle from Wisconsin to Florida, I recommend replacing all...

Q: My car loses power when the air conditioning is on - 2015 Ford Focus

A vehicle as new as yours should not be having issues. Any time you run the A/C, the car will be reduced in horse power because the A/C runs off of a belt that powers the compressor. If the compressor...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...