Sunday, November 4, 2018

Why does your car smell?

We spend so much time in our cars. Sometimes, they have an odor. There are many different odors your car can have. You can have odors from dirty clothes or old French fries that fell between the seats. Did you know that some odors can tell you that there is a problem with your car? Here are some things you should know about different odors:

If you smell something sweet it is likely a leak in your cooling system. Antifreeze has a syrupy sweet smell. You should get this checked at your car dealership because breathing antifreeze is not a good thing. It can also make your windows and windshield fog up. If it’s fogged up you will have trouble seeing. 

A musty smell while using your air conditioning could mean that you have mold in your car. You definitely don’t want to breathe in mold spores because it will make you sick. Moisture collects on the evaporator and can create mold just as it can anywhere else. 

Rotten eggs or sulfur could mean you have a problem with your catalytic convertor.

Rotten milk or rotten fruit is probably exactly that. Your children may have left their snack or sippy cup in the car and it rolled under the seat. I don’t know how many times I found a sippy cup days after Noah had it in the car. 

If something smells like it is burning is problem from your oil. You need to make sure you get regular oil changes. If you don’t it can ruin your car. I know this first hand when I was stranded on the side of the road on Christmas Day years ago. 

If you smell burnt toast it could be an electrical problem. You could have a short circuit which could definitely cause a fire. 

Smelling a hint of gas is normal but if it’s overpowering make sure you replaced the gas cap so you aren’t leaking everywhere. 

If you smell any strange odors that weren’t brought by the people or things in your car it’s best to get it checked out.  

Storing your car for Winter

Now that it’s November, Winter is right around the corner. My weather app says we will get snow this week. It probably won’t be much. It will probably melt when it hits the ground but it’s coming. Winter is probably my least favorite season. I like the holidays but not the weather. Snow is pretty when I look at it from my window. Many people have cars that they only use in the warm weather. Here are some tips to store your summer car for the winter:

Clean your car out. Make sure you get all the trash out including any food wrappers or old French fries. Remove any clothes, cups, and anything else in tin  Vacuum your car. You don’t want to find a four month old cup in your car. 

Rustproof any unpainted metal on your car. 

Place a sock in your exhaust pipe to prevent anything from crawling in your tailpipe. Make sure you remove it before you drive it again. Maybe write yourself a note and place it in the car. 

Use dryer sheets to make your car smell nice while it’s all closed up. It will also deter mice from hanging out in your car too. You can use mothballs if you prefer. 

Make sure your tires are inflated but don’t exceed the maximum number. Inflate them a little more than you would normally because the air will slowly leak with the temperature changes. 

You may not want to engage the parking break for storage. It can get stuck in Park. You can use wooden blocks or tire chocks to wedge under the wheels. 

Use a fuel stabilizer and top off all fluids. It’s a good idea to  remove the car battery if you are going to store your car for awhile. If you don’t want to remove the battery you can get a trickle charger or battery tender. 

Invest in a car cover. Even if you are storing the car in the garage it can protect it from the elements and dust and dirt. It will also provide extra padding and won’t get bumped up against. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

How you are ruining your car

Buying a car is usually a big purchase. You spend quite a bit of money on them. You want to protect your investment and keep your family safe. There are certain things that you can ruin your car and the value. 

Not getting your oil changed regularly. Those stickers on the windshield are not a suggestion. You really need to get your oil changed. You also need to get all your other fluids checked.  I know it’s a pain to go and sit there and wait but there’s a reason for it. 

Smoking in your car. If you smoke, please don’t do it in your car. The smell will seep in to your upholstery. Your windows will be coated in a yellow film and you may burn holes in your seats. It makes it really hard to sell or trade in when the time comes. 

Ignoring the check engine light. I know it sometimes comes on and you get busy and you ignore it. At least get it checked out so if there is a problem you can deal with it. 

Not taking car your car for service regularly. Again it’s a pain but just like you, your car needs check ups. 

Having a dirty car is not good. When your car is dirty on the outside it can make it rust or eat away the paint. If it’s dirty on the inside if could get bugs or rodents. It’s also dangerous because things could go flying when you turn. 

Make sure you take care of your tires. Not doing so can impact your safety. Tires need to have good tread so they can grip the road.