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The scents your vehicle emits can be telling you a lot about its condition. To learn to identify these odors, what they mean, and how to react to them, read this post that John O Brown in Show Low has written for you. 

Scents tell us a lot about the world around us. When you smell the scent of rotten milk, you know that it has gone bad, and you don't pour it on your cereal. When you get the scent of wet dirt in the air, you know that rain is soon to come. When you detect the odor of crisp bacon, you know that breakfast is ready. Yes, scent can tell us a lot about the world. That is if we know what those scents mean. If we don't relate those scents to anything, we won't know how to react to them. To make sure you don't miss out on what your vehicle is trying to tell you through the odors it emits and so you can react to them appropriately, continue reading the following post.

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What These Scents Are Telling You

The Aroma of Sulfur/Rotten Eggs

The smell of rotten eggs is disgusting, so you won't have trouble spotting it if it ever appears on your vehicle. However, if you're wondering what it means (and you know there aren't any rotting eggs in your vehicle), it may mean that the catalytic converter is malfunctioning. This is the part that controls your emissions, so if you smell sulfur, get your vehicle to a mechanic to get it fixed.

The Sweet Scent of Maple Syrup

If, upon entering your vehicle, you get a sudden urge for pancakes, it just may be that your vehicle is emitting a sweet scent similar to maple syrup. This scent can indicate a leak in your cooling system. You can confirm this by checking to see any green liquid under your vehicle or under its hood. If you confirm that the coolant is leaking out, have a professional mechanic repair it for you to avoid an overheated engine.

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The Stench of Burnt Carpet

This next odor may be troubling but don't panic. The stench of burnt carpet may stem from a problem with your vehicle's braking system. First, check to see if the hand brake is on while you drive or if you're going down a steep street. These can burn the brake pads and result in a burnt carpet smell. If none of these are true, have a mechanic check your brakes as soon as possible.

The Essence of Burnt Oil

If your nose detects the essence of burnt oil coming out of your vehicle, then it may be telling you that you have to take care of the engine. While there can be different reasons for the engine to produce this odor (it may need new oil, for example), it's a good idea to have a professional assess its condition (especially if you notice that there's smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe when you drive).

If your engine is due new oil to continue working perfectly, feed it with AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil, the most effective synthetic oil in Show Low.

The Stink Burnt Rubber

Burnt rubber isn't particularly nice to smell. Still, it's the most straightforward scent on the list: if you smell burnt rubber, it's because rubber is burning. To check if this is the case, you can open the hood of your vehicle and notice if any rubber pieces are next to metal pieces (e.g., if a hose is over the engine). If that's the case, wait until the vehicle has cooled down and simply place the rubber away from the metal component to get rid of the smell.

The Whiff of a Gym Bag

Lastly, if when you get on your vehicle, you notice the nasty scent of a dirty gym locker room, it may be that there's mold growing in your vents. Not only is this annoying, but it can create serious health problems for you and your passengers. The moment you notice this stink, you must take your vehicle to a professional who can deep clean your vents and get rid of the mold growing on them.

Call John O Brown at (520) 444-2634 and browse AMSOIL's online shop to place an order on the most effective synthetic oil in Show Low to guarantee that your vehicle will continue running smoothly for years to come.


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