Strange Car Smells and What They Mean

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You loved the smell of your car when you first bought it. Many people fall in love with that “new car” smell. However, later in its life, your car might not have that same fresh scent. There are many strange car smells that don’t originate from dust and debris gathering in the cabin. Some could even mean that your car is having serious problems.

Gasoline

You are guaranteed to smell this after filling up the gas tank, but if you’re smell gas when you’re between visits to the pump, it could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak. It’s a good idea to have the fuel system inspected by a professional.

Rotten Eggs

This unmistakable smell indicates that your car’s engine is running poorly and due to problems with your catalytic converter. If you don’t get the problem resolved, it could ruin your catalytic converter and lead to costly repairs.

Burning Carpet

If you get a whiff of something burning when you press on the brakes, it could mean that your vehicle is having brake problems. Get them inspected as soon as possible.

Musty Basement

If turning on the heater or air conditioning yields a musty smell, you probably have mildew growing inside the HVAC system. A simple remedy is to swap the air conditioning for the fan, turned on high. This will help dry out any condensation. If you have persistent issues, your vehicle may need a new air filter.

Need a little extra help maintaining your vehicle? Bring it to our service department at Tropical Ford.

Differences Between Types of Oils

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Your engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. That is why it’s critical to get regular oil changes as part of a routine maintenance program. One thing you need to remember is that there are three different kinds of oils for different kinds of engines in addition to different weights for each type. Here are a few differences between the types of oils.

Conventional

This is the least expensive type of oil as well as the most commonly used. It is a byproduct of the crude oil refining process. It deteriorates quickly and gives off more pollutants than the other types of oils.

Synthetic

As its name implies, synthetic oil is a man-made product from chemical compounds. It is more expensive than conventional oil; however, it lasts a lot longer and is a lot cleaner.

Synthetic Blend

This type of oil is a combination of both conventional and synthetic. It gives you many of the benefits of fully synthetic oil, but it keeps the costs closer to that of conventional oil. It is made from conventional oil, but it has additives that give it a cleaner burn and help it last longer under high temperatures.

Want to learn more about what kind of oil is best for your vehicle? Give us a call or stop by our service center at Tropical Ford.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Of all the complicated systems in your car, the braking system may be the most important of all. Responsible for ensuring that you can stop the car from any speed, the braking system has quite a few components and there’s no clear mileage as to when you need new brakes. While you may not look at them often, the brakes are incredibly important to your wellbeing. Here are several signs you need new brakes.

  • Pulling – If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the braking system. Whether the linings are wearing unevenly or there’s something in the brake fluid, it’s worth a trip to the dealership’s service department for an inspection. Better safe than sorry, after all.
  • Vibrating – A vibrating brake pedal isn’t normal and can signify two things: a vehicle out of alignment or warped rotors. If your brake pedal vibrates when the anti-lock brakes aren’t engaged, odds are your rotors are warped. Take your car in for service right away.
  • Screeching – A loud, high-pitched screech, squeal, grinding, or growling is an indication that the brake pads need to be replaced. If you wait too long, the scratching of metal on metal could cause damage to the rotors, requiring repair or replacement altogether.