Tag: smells

35 Posts

Mar 01, 2009

How long does a little "wind" stick around, inside a car?

Dear Car Talk

My problem began when I was driving down the road in our 2005 Dodge Caravan, packed full of our own kids and kids from the neighborhood. My elderly and ... let us call her "severe" mother was asleep in the front passenger...


Nov 01, 2008

How can Jill get one very stubborn stink out of her '87 XJ6 Jaguar?

Dear Car Talk

I was given a 1987 XJ6 Jag. She's one fine-looking lady. But she smells. I recently spent $1,100 of my government stimulus check having the car completely cleaned on the inside. My mechanic (a very honest, small-town guy) took out all the...

smells cleaning

Feb 01, 2008

Can you help Tom and Ray solve a very stinky problem?

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I own a Jaguar Silverstone XKR. When I use the windshield washers, the smell is a cross between very bad breath and cow manure. I've emptied the tank several times and flushed it with Clorox, but it still puts out...

smells wipers

please help me get rid of the horrible sour milk smell in my car
Oct 01, 2007

Crying over spilt milk? Robert is! Hear his automotive-dairy saga-- and Tom and Ray's answer.

Dear Car Talk

Hi. I have a Volvo station wagon, and last week I spilled about a half-gallon of milk in the back. The back seats were folded down because I had my dogs in the car. When I went to clean up...

cleaning smells

what to do to get rid of a terrible vomit-like smell in my car
Oct 01, 2007

How can Linda get the putrid stink out of her daughter's car?

Dear Car Talk

When my daughter arrived home from college, she came home with a terrible odor in her car. She said that the week before school was out, she went to class and when she came out and got into her car...

smells cleaning

is there a cheap solution for a car heater that smells horrible
Jun 01, 2004

How to prevent wildlife invasion and smells? Park in a garage.

Dear Car Talk

I have a problem I recently bought a Subaru Loyale I hope it will be the best car I ever bought but there is one small problem The heat stinks The smell is an alluring combination of cat pee ammonia...

smells wildlife

Dec 01, 2002

Plastic bag melted onto catalytic converter smells just as you'd expect: disgusting.

Dear Car Talk

My wife just bought a brand-new Subaru Forester She loves the car and the new-car smell But recently something happened that changed the smell greatly for the worse While driving down the highway a large plastic garbage bag blew under...


Jun 01, 2001

Smelling mothballs in the passenger compartment.

Dear Car Talk

My dad owns an old Ford Mustang and regularly stuffs mothballs in the tank to increase octane or whatever I drive the car every day and I notice a sweet-smelling but strong odor enveloping the interior whenever the car is...

leaks coolant exhaust system smells

Oct 01, 1998

That "roasted popcorn smell" could have been roasted acorns...if parked under an oak tree.

Dear Car Talk

I was listening to your NPR radio show a few weeks ago and heard a woman ask about a smell like burned or roasted popcorn She thought it was coming from her car's exhaust You were correct I think in...

smells mail bag

Sep 01, 1998

How can I remove the smell of the mouse house that was located in my car's blower housing?

Dear Car Talk

My Honda Civic stinks Last summer we found mice in our Honda They were living in the blower housing We knew this because when we turned the fan on it sounded like the car was going to reach a resonant...

wildlife smells cleaning