What Is That Strange Smell in My Mercedes-Benz?

An unusual smell while driving your Mercedes-Benz can spark some curiosity. Certain vehicle smells can signal a serious problem. While some scents are less urgent than others, you should protect your Mercedes-Benz from further damage. We invite you to bring your car to Atlanta Car Care for an inspection. 


Let’s take a look at some vehicle smells and what kind of problems they can indicate:

  • Burnt Rubber - A burnt rubber odor often originates from a rubber component, which includes nearly all the belts and hoses in your vehicle. If any of these come loose or pull in the wrong way, they can overheat and give off this smell.
  • Hot Oil - If you catch a whiff of oil, you should be on the lookout for leaks within the system. Check under your vehicle and around the hood as well.
  • Gasoline - While it is normal to smell gasoline at the gas station, it is not if you catch the scent any other time. This could indicate a leak from the fuel injector line or gas tank. 
  • Syrup - Coolant has a sweet, syrupy smell, so be sure to check for leak puddles. And be extra careful because your engine may be at risk of overheating.
  • Burning Carpet - A burnt carpet smell is a sign that your brakes are overheating. You should have them serviced as soon as possible.
  • Rotten Eggs - The foul smell of rotten eggs almost always means there’s a catalytic converter problem. Please be careful as certain catalytic converter problems can be dangerous for your health.

If you’ve noticed an unusual smell with your Mercedes-Benz, please do not shrug it off. We invite you to bring your vehicle to Atlanta Car Care today.