Why does my car smell like this?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 3:17 pm
Why does my car smell like this?

One of the worst things you can experience when getting into your vehicle, or even worse as you’re driving it, is suddenly getting hit with a strange smell that you can’t quite put your finger on. There are several different kinds of smells that could mean bad things are going on, at which point you would need to take care of them yourself or bring your vehicle into a repair shop to get fixed. So, if you’re wondering why your vehicle smells like any of the things below, we’ve got some answers for you.

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Rotten Eggs

No one likes the smell of rotten eggs, but especially not if you’re stuck in your vehicle. If you’re smelling this in your car, and it’s not because you left some actual rotten eggs in the back seat, then you could be dealing with an overloaded catalytic converter.

Burning Rubber

Unless you just peeled out from behind a stop sign, burning rubber can indicate some pretty bad things as well. Your drive belts could be slipping or you could have a loose hose rubbing against things in the engine bay. You might also want to check and make sure there aren’t any plastic bags stuck under the hood or near your exhaust pipe.

Hot or Burning Oil

If you know what oil smells like, and you’re suddenly hit with that smell mixed with a burning or hot smell, then that could certainly lead to some bad things. You might just need an oil change, but your engine could be overheated, you could be leaking oil into the exhaust manifold, or you could even be dealing with a faulty vacuum modulator.


Unless you’re at the gas station or accidentally got some on you while you were at the pump, smelling gasoline in your car could mean some very bad things. Your fuel tank, fuel line or fuel injector might be leaking, or you could have a faulty charcoal canister or fuel pressure regulator. Hopefully, you just accidentally lost your fuel cap, as that’s the easiest thing to replace. But if not, get your vehicle checked out quick.

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3 Responses to “Why does my car smell like this?”

  1. Rodriguez Parker says:

    If your car has a smell like rotten eggs, it is an early warning sign your emission system is not working properly, you might even experience the check engine light being on if you have this car odor. If your car smells like rotten eggs, it’s best to bring it near a good mechanic and have it checked, the rotten egg smell is raw fuel that has not been burned properly and has turned to sulfur in the catalytic converter, which indicates your car is not running at optimum efficiency.

  2. Aubrey Tucker says:

    Car is smelling a little unpleasant means, the speedster is trying to tell you something. Reasons behind the weird smell may vary. The cause might be an oil leak. A defective catalytic converter might be the cause. I don’t think it is your duty to find the cause. So, instead of spending time in finding the cause, better you take your car to a well-known service center → where the trained car technicians will address the cause and do the necessary tune-ups to restore the performance of the convertible.

  3. Amy Zahirski says:

    At times, strange smell comes out from the car. This may be due to some bad things going inside the car. The author has provided here some bad smells with their reasons. Sometimes rotten egg smell comes out from the car. This may be due to overloaded catalytic converter. At times gasoline smell comes out from our car. It is presumed that the fuel tank, fuel line or fuel injector might be leaking. This may be due to loss of fuel cap. If that is not the cause, then we must check out our car by trained technicians who are able to diagnose and fix the problem properly.

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