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What Do Car Smells Mean?

Do you keep catching an unusual or off-putting smell every time you come near your car? Typically, a one-time occasion is enough for drivers to shrug off. But if a smell is lingering, you should have a professional mechanic check it out. 


Certain car odors can be indicative of a major issue from within your vehicle. Here are some of the most concerning vehicle smells and what they mean for your car:

Rotten Eggs

If you catch the rancid smell of rotten eggs, there's a good chance that it is coming from your catalytic converter. If your cat goes bad, it means your emissions system is struggling to transform and transport gasses out of your vehicle. 


While it is normal to smell gasoline at the pump, it is not normal to smell it any other time while you're driving. If you catch this scent, please be on the lookout for potential gas leaks. These leaks can occur anywhere between the fuel injector line or gas tank. Not only are gas leaks costly, but they can be a major fire hazard.

Moldy, Musty Air

Stinky and musty air tends to come from your car's air conditioning system. If you put your nose to the vents and catch a mildew-y scent, it means there's build-up in your A/C system.

Burnt Paper

Burning paper is a very specific smell, and your clutch can emit such a smell when it overheats. If you slip out of gears often, please take your car to our shop for repairs ASAP.

Burnt Rubber

Your vehicle's belts and hoses are often made of rubber. When they slip and shift out of place, they can be exposed to excess heat and friction. As a result, you may catch a burning rubber smell.


If you get a whiff of an odd smell in your car, please do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to Sunny Service Center. Our trained technicians are experienced in diagnosing and repairing various problems. Feel free to give us a call or schedule your appointment online with us today.

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