Maserati Service Tips: Odd Engine Odors

March 5th, 2022 by

Maserati service

Routine Maserati service and care can keep your vehicle performing at the top of its game and ensure it’s running safely and efficiently on every ride. It also means you’ll be able to recognize when systems need service or care.

Visit our Zeigler Maserati for routine service and emergency vehicle troubleshooting support.

How Do I Troubleshoot Engine Smells?

Unusual or bad smells from the engine compartment indicate a problem with the vehicle. The more you know about recognizing and troubleshooting those smells, the easier it will be to get the care your vehicle needs.

Here are some of the common smells that might be coming from under the hood.

  • Sulfur or Rotten Eggs: There are two common reasons your vehicle might smell like sulfur, the catalytic converter and the battery. If the catalytic converter isn’t properly processing gas, it will produce a rotten egg smell. If your battery is corroding, it will, as well. Stop driving right away.
  • Sweet Scents: Typically, sweet scents from the vehicle will resemble maple syrup, or sometimes a sweet, artificial fruit smell. This is most often coolant, and likely the result of a leak or damage to the system. Driving with low or no coolant can cause overheating, so pull over right away.
  • Burning Oil: Burning oil has an obvious culprit—an oil leak. We rely on our oil to keep the engine cool and well-lubricated, and you don’t want to drive without it. Look for the oil light on the dash, check out the levels, and bring your vehicle into the mechanic.
  • Mold or Mildew: Mold or mildew is typically a sign of sitting water, which most often occurs in the air conditioning system. There’s likely a clog or damage causing the water to collect.
  • Gas: A gas leak can be very dangerous, since the vehicle requires combustion to run. If you smell gas, pull over immediately and call for help.

Learn more about these common engine scents and get the service your Maserati vehicle needs to get back on the road here at Zeigler Maserati.

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