Tag: smells

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Mechanics Can Wave a Magic Wand
Dec 30, 2019

Mechanics Can Wave a Magic Wand

Dear Car Talk

This wizard's tool may get rid of a spell--or smell.

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Startled dog
Jun 01, 2017

What's That Smell? Dogs, Anal Glands and Your Car


Now there's a word we never thought we'd have to write in the headline of a Car Talk article. How to defeat pet odor in your car, right here. 

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Lexus ES300 smells of gas when idling
Sep 17, 2015

What's Causing Gas Smell at Stoplights?

Dear Car Talk

Dan's car is running just fine, but he's been noticing the smell of gasoline when idling at stoplights. The mechanic hasn't been able to replicate the problem. Car Talk's advice for detecting the source of the leak, right here.

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Removing vomit smell from car
Jun 26, 2015

How to Clean Up After a Carsick Doggie


Did your Great Dane just regurgitate three pounds of kibble in the backseat of your Kia? Never fear. Car Talk pet experts Melissa and Sip explain how to keep smells at bay.

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Volvo smells like crayons
Aug 15, 2013

Help Tom and Ray Diagnose This Smelly Car

Dear Car Talk

Carolina is worried about the crayon smell in her daughter's Volvo. They've tried everything to get rid of it, but nothing's worked and Carolina is worried it might be some dangerous chemical. Tom and Ray are stumped, so we're turning to you, our clever fans to help Carolina out. Read Carolina's question and tell us what you think.


Chevy Trailblazer smells of gas when turned on
Jan 29, 2013

Today: Shannon's Trailblazer Smells Like Gasoline

Dear Car Talk

Shannon smells gas when she starts up her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. She's seen two mechanics and they say there's nothing to worry about, but she doesn't want to drive her kids to school in a fire-trap. Can Tom and Ray put her mind at ease?

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how can i remove a horrible pet smell from my car
Oct 02, 2012

Is There Any Hope for Joan's Stinky Prius?

Dear Car Talk

Joan's brother's dog befouled the backseat of her Prius and three years later, it still stinks! Can Tom and Ray help Joan out or is she doomed to spend the rest of her days driving a rolling olfactory nightmare?

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who should pay for cleaning a car after someone gets sick in it
Nov 01, 2010

Today: Tom and Ray handle a very sick etiquette question.

Dear Car Talk

I have an etiquette question. Consider the case of three families, all friends. Family A gets a new Escalade with all the bells and whistles. It is Daddy A's baby! Family B has a teenager with a history of motion...

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removing the smell of vomit from a car
Mar 01, 2010

Today: what's the best way to clean up some... vomit?

Dear Car Talk

A passenger in my son's Toyota Tacoma truck did not get his head all the way out of the window prior to vomiting. The exterior and the interior of the truck have been detailed, but the smell lingers. When the...

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