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Strange Smells Coming from Your Car’s Air Vents

Here in New Mexico, we have begun to feel the first touches of summer. You have probably used the air conditioning in your house and your car already. If you have noticed any weird smells coming from your car’s air vents, this could be a sign your air conditioning needs some attention.

Sweet smell

If you notice an oddly sweet smell coming through your car’s vent while you try to organize your car, this could be a sign of a leaking heater core. This gives off a smell like maple syrup.

Chemical smell

On the other hand, if you smell pungent chemicals, like nail polish remover, you could have leaking refrigerant in your car.

Musty smell

You head out to your car to tackle some spring cleaning and you get an intense whiff of a stinky locker room. If smells like this are wafting out of your vents, it might be time to replace your cabin air filter. This musty smell is usually caused by a build-up of dust, dirt, and bacteria.

Mildew smell

When you tidy up your car, it should not smell like mildew. If it does, you might need to clean the under-hood air intake vent. This can get clogged with wet debris that can cause mold and mildew to grow.

Need help fixing a smell from your car’s air conditioning system? Schedule a visit to the service center at Chevrolet of Santa Fe.

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