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Sense of Smell

Using your sense of smell to determine if your vehicle needs attention:


The smell of burnt rubber could be faulty drive belts. The belts may be rubbing on a binding pulley or attached to a faulty rotating component. Check engine components when the engine is cooled down. 

The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, take to a certified repair shop. Leaking oil on the exhaust may cause a fire or major damage from the loss of oil. 

The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire, so immediate attention should be given.  Take to a certified repair shop to get the leak repaired for safety. 

The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. A coolant leak can be detrimental to a vehicle’s operating performance. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.

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

The smell of rotten eggs 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.

If you are having any smelly issues with your vehicle, Pearl City Auto Works is certified to assess these issues & repair the faulty parts before it causes you further damage or breakdown. 

We are qualified to work on Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Audi, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, & Cadillac.


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