Noises and smells from cars may be big problems

Noises and smells from cars may be big problems

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Your vehicle is a little like your body. If you notice something is off, you go and get it checked. With cars, there can be suspicious smells and noises that mean something is acting up. Those clues can help you when diagnosing the problem.

If you do experience noises and smells, you will want to make sure to take it to a local mechanic as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is that the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to fix the issue.

Mechanic Eddie Ehlert has just about seen it all; from holes worn into the engines to funky smells. His simple advice is to pay attention to what your car is telling you.

"A smell from under the hood or a rattling noise doesn't mean something you think about someday, it's time to see what it is before it gets real expensive, real fast," says Ehlert.

He says a sweet burning sugar smell almost always means an engine coolant leak which could spell big trouble.

"Overheating your engine will render it useless and interfere with the rest of your day and make you very unhappy," says Ehlert.

Another odor you shouldn't ignore is a sulfur or rotten egg smell. That can mean an expensive catalytic converter problem.

"The catalytic converter has to work harder and it producers some horrible smells and along with that, it increases in temperature and it might even be glowing red if there's a severe problem,' says Ehlert.

He says don't ignore noises either.

"A squeal when you first start the engine can indicate a loose belt because starting an engine in cold weather takes more power than in warmer weather," says Ehlert.

Squealing can also mean, time for brake work.

"As the brakes wear to the replacement point, there will be a squealing noise that's present as you're slowing. And it will become more noticeable as you come to a stop," says Ehlert.

Hissing or tapping sounds can also lead to major repairs.

"It doesn't mean drive to the next exit, it means stop right now," says Ehlert. "As with anything, get it looked at quickly and keep the repair inexpensive."

Ehlert says there really isn't much under the hood of your vehicle that the average person should have the tools to fix. Bottom line though, your car engine should be a pretty quiet and smell-free place, so at the first sign of trouble, make it a priority.

 

Your vehicle is a little like your body. If you notice something is off, you go and get it checked. With cars, there can be suspicious smells and noises that mean something is acting up. Those clues can help you when diagnosing the problem.

 

If you do experience noises and smells, you will want to make sure to take it to a local mechanic as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is that the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to fix the issue.

 

Mechanic Eddie Ehlert has just about seen it all; from holes worn into the engines to funky smells. His simple advice is to pay attention to what your car is telling you.

 

"A smell from under the hood or a rattling noise doesn't mean something you think about someday, it's time to see what it is before it gets real expensive, real fast," says Ehlert.

 

He says a sweet burning sugar smell almost always means an engine coolant leak which could spell big trouble.

 

"Overheating your engine will render it useless and interfere with the rest of your day and make you very unhappy," says Ehlert.

 

Another odor you shouldn't ignore is a sulfur or rotten egg smell. That can mean an expensive catalytic converter problem.

 

"The catalytic converter has to work harder and it producers some horrible smells and along with that, it increases in temperature and it might even be glowing red if there's a severe problem,' says Ehlert.

 

He says don't ignore noises either.

 

"A squeal when you first start the engine can indicate a loose belt because starting an engine in cold weather takes more power than in warmer weather," says Ehlert.

 

Squealing can also mean, time for brake work.

 

"As the brakes wear to the replacement point, there will be a squealing noise that's present as you're slowing. And it will become more noticeable as you come to a stop," says Ehlert.

 

Hissing or tapping sounds can also lead to major repairs.

 

"It doesn't mean drive to the next exit, it means stop right now," says Ehlert. "As with anything, get it looked at quickly and keep the repair inexpensive."

 

Ehlert says there really isn't much under the hood of your vehicle that the average person should have the tools to fix. Bottom line though, your car engine should be a pretty quiet and smell-free place, so at the first sign of trouble, make it a priority.

 

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