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Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Recognize

1. The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot.

2. The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.

3. The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle such as a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.

4. The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the cars cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.

5. The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.

6. The smell of rotten eggs is never a good one and, if you smell it coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. This smell can also be attributed to a poor running engine, causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.

Locations

Maryland

718 Rockville Pike
     Rockville, Maryland 20852
     (301) 944-9519
10 Holsum Way
     Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060
     (410) 487-0505
2054 Somerville Road
     Annapolis, Maryland 21401
     (410) 757-7400
5620 Buckeystown Pike
     Frederick, Maryland 21704
     (240) 397-7414
1019 York Rd
     Towson, Maryland 21204

     (410) 616-1580

New Jersey

1199 Rt. 37 East
     Toms River, New Jersey 08753
     (732) 244-6800
251 State Route 35 N
  Eatontown, New Jersey 07724
  (732) 389-5559
4010 Dearborn Circle
  Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054
  (856) 778-8800

Pennsylvania

849 West Lancaster Avenue
     Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087
     (610) 263-8150
 5233 West Baltimore Avenue
     Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania 19018
     (610) 605-2114

Virginia

9400 Main St
     Fairfax, Virginia 22031
     (703) 995-3970
2871 Plank Road
  Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
  (540) 785-0282

 
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