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there is always exhaust (expect when the engine's off or hybird)

unless you are too close to the car in front of you.

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Q: Why do you smell car exhaust when there is no car exhaust?
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Why would there be smell coming from the front of the car?

Could be overheated coolant or just leaked oil burning off your exhaust headers

What does car smoke smell of?

It all depends if the car is running lean or rich, if its burning oil, if its burning coolant. a clean running car doesn't really have a strong smell. By the way, exhaust fumes are toxic. It contains carbon monoxide and it is highly toxic. So don't go around smelling car smoke.

What would cause a car that is cold and idiling to have a strong exhaust smell and no steam but when put in gear and the smell goes away but the exhaust has steam coming out?

A device called the heat riser has stuck or the heat riser hose has fallen off. could this loose part cause a metal raddling when you start to excelerate?

Can a car run without an exhaust manifold?

Yes. A car can run without an exhaust manifold. It will burn out the exhaust valves in the cylinders a lot faster than normal, but it can be done.

What is a problem you might notice using your sense of smell?

A fuel leak. A coolant leak, coolant has a sweet smell. An exhaust leak. A burnt clutch. A burnt rubber smell, from a slipping accessory belt/tensioner or rubber contacting the exhaust. A Moldy smell with the A/C on from a dirty/moldy evaporator. An oil leak, if it is leaking near the exhaust manifold, from say the valve cover. A smell from burnt brakes from a faulty brake caliper. A burnt plastic smell, from plastic melting against the exhaust( wiring loom, or plastic bag on catalytic converter). A. mildew smell caused by a water leak, clogged evap case drain, flogged sunroof drain.

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What can cause exhaust smell inside a car?

Ur exhaust....

Why does my car's exhaust smells like bleach?

don't ever smell your car's exhaust.

Is it safe to drive your car with burning smell from exhaust?

No. have exhaust checked/repaired

How do you know if your car has exhaust fumes coming into the car when it is on?

exhaust is pretty easy to smell. If you smell it, then you likely do, also check the rear end of the car for possible places where the exhaust can get into. a battery powered carbon monoxide detector will also work

Smell of petrol in car?

exhaust leak or fuel leak

How do you get the smoke smell out of a car?

Find and fix exhaust leak

Why would you have an exhaust smell in your car before you start the engine then once the car is driven the smell is nonexistent?

Any exhaust smell in a car cab indicates an exhaust leak somewhere along the line. Th reason you don't smell it while driving is because the air flowing air under the car is blowing the exhaust gasses away before it can rise into the cab. After the car sits for a while, the gasses seep out of the leak, and up into the cab.

What makes a car smell like rotten eggs?

Car exhaust can smell like rotten eggs when the fuel has a lot of sulphur in it.

Why does your car smell like carbon monoxide?

Your car doesn't smell like carbon monoxide because carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless. I can't suggest what caused that smell because I have no way of knowing what it smells like. An exhaust leak will cause your car to smell like exhaust ( and has carbon monoxide in it) and is hazardous to you and your passengers.

What is the smell in the VW Bug?

Typically gas/exhaust, old car smell, history/character. All you need to know.

Would a bad exhaust cause car to smell gas when you start it?

yes nd it will also give of a oily smell with it

What if your car is rattling and exhaust smells of rotten eggs?

Most likely your exhaust is rattling and the smell is because your catalytic converter is bad

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