Q: Engine steaming, smoking, and smelling.

asked by on January 07, 2016

The engine in my car was steaming and smoking the last time it was driven. There was also a strange smell.

The problem you describe is a blown leaking coolant hose or one of the cooling system components have started leaking. The strange smell may be the coolant burning off. This is a sweet smell. The cooling system has a leak and would need to be checked by a qualified mechanic to pressurize the system and locate the leak or reason for overheating.

Was this answer helpful?
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

Tires making noise and vibrating

It sounds like one of your wheels has come lose. I would check all the lug nuts and make sure none of them are loose. A licensed mechanic can come out and help you perform this and further inspect the...

how much will a dealership charge me to replace a thermostat on a 2006 dodge charger 2.7l v6 engine

Hello there, How much a dealership will charge for your 2006 Dodge Charger varies greatly based on your area and the labor rate of the individual dealership. If the vehicle caught fire there is much more going on that just...

P0013

The code P0013 is for a problem with the camshaft sensor or the camshaft actuator solenoid for the variable valve control. Further testing will be needed to see if the sensor or solenoid is in need to be replaced. ...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Infiniti EX
If If you’re in search of sport meets practicality, the EX may just be your perfect match. With the sedan-like driving of its G37 sibling combined with utility functionality and plenty of power under the hood, this is one SUV...
Understanding the Infiniti Maintenance Required and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Infiniti Maintenance Required light indicates when your car needs service.
Why Does the Air Coming Through My A/C Vents Smell Bad?
Over time your car A/C system can start to smell unpleasant. If your A/C system smells bad check for mildew in the vents or install a new air filter.