Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Strong smell in the car - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle

asked by on

We just bought a second hand beetle and theres a very strong stench in the car and its not going away. It stays on my hair and my clothes and its getting very annoying. Apparently its because of some polish used in the car. How do i get rid of it ?

My car has 40000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. Sometimes the chemical cleaners u...

Hi there. Sometimes the chemical cleaners used during vehicle detailing are very strong. Attempting to get rid of the smell by using another product may just intensify your vehicle’s odor problem. You could try leaving the windows open whenever possible to air out your vehicle’s condition. Not knowing the odor, I would recommend having a local expert inspect the smell to see if it could be related to any faulty components. After examining the situation, they can advise you on the best actions to take for your situation.

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: Esp,Epc, engine lights on 2005 Volkswagon Golf

Hello - these errors indicate a problem with throttle control, and the engine goes into "limp mode". There is a known problem with wiring going in to the throttle body failing, inducing this problem. There is a VW Technical Service...

Q: Stalling issues, error codes

Hello. The P0442 error code is an evaporative emission control code and is an indication of a small leak being detected in the evaporative emission system. There are usually no visible symptoms of this error code, other than the check...

Q: Brake booster heat issue.

Hello and thank you for your question. There could be an issue with the proportioning valve or ABS module. I suggest flushing out all of the brake fluid and bleeding all ports on the brake system. When replacing all of...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...