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How to Identify Car Smells

Borrowers with problem credit currently making payments on a high risk car loan might be able to save themselves a few headaches and possibly even a great deal of money by heeding the advice of the Car Care Council

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It’s a fact that consumers with damaged credit using a subprime auto loan as a credit repair tool have a better chance of successfully paying it off if their car doesn’t break down.

Here at Auto Credit Express we know this is true because we’ve spent the past two decades helping car buyers with bad credit that have been searching for online car loans find those new dealers that can offer them a good chance for a car loan approval.

But once approved these buyers need to pay attention to the smells coming from their vehicle – really. At least that’s the advice of Rich White who is executive director of the Car Care Council.

Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Recognize

Here is what White has to say about “odors motorists should never ignore”:

“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car.”

The Car Care Council (CCC), in fact, recommends that owners perform a “sniff check” of their vehicle to help identify any one of six unusual things going on calling them “six vehicle warning signs your nose can recognize:

•    Smells like burnt rubber – According to the Car Care Council, “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.”

•    Smells like hot oil – The CCC states that “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.”

•    Smells like gasoline – This is a bad one as the Council states that “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.”

•    Sweet smell like sugar – Other than around the breakfast table, the Car Care Council notes that “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. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.”

•    Smells like burning carpet – this could be a safety-related issue as the Council states that “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.”

•    Smells like rotten eggs – if drivers haven’t thrown a trash bag in their trunk lately, the CCC notes that “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.”

The Bottom Line

Since we know that borrowers with running vehicles have a greater chance of successfully completing a high-risk auto loan, we agree with the Car Care Council’s Rich White: “When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor.”

Another good tip: at Auto Credit Express we match people with auto credit difficulties to new car dealers that can offer them their best opportunities for approved car loans.

So if you’re ready to reestablish your car credit, you can begin now by filling out our online car loan application.

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