Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Christine asks: My 2011 Hyundai smells terrible. I have tried so many ways to get rid of the smell that I can’t think of anything else to try. The smells is a stale odor, not rotten eggs but stale and a little chemically. I’m at my wits end. Any suggestions?
My reply: Is the smell new? If so, something happened. The question now is what. You didn’t mention whether your car has a sunroof so I’ll start by suggesting you feel around the perimeter of the roof for signs of wetness. Your sunroof may be leaking. Or rather, the drain holes might be clogged. Open the roof and look at each of the four corners. You should see an open drain hole. If any are clogged shut, the water will find its way into the car and it’ll smell.
Another place is to feel is around the floorboards – if they’re wet you may have a clogged AC duct/drain or a leaking heater core. The latter will be more apparent by the smell – and the film. If you have any hazy/sticky film on the windshield near the defroster outlets, it is probable you have a leaking heater core and that calls for prompt fixing regardless of the smell. Because the leak will get worse- and may even get really bad. As in dumping hot coolant into your car’s interior.
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