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Why Does My Car Smell Like Vinegar

Has your car ever stunk you out before? It sounds like a weird question, right? Unless your car has put off some terrible smell before, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Cars can make all kinds of smells. In most cases, bad smells are a sign of trouble. Some are not that serious, but others can indicate serious problems are lurking.

 

One smell that will always get your attention is when your vehicle’s AC or heater is blowing, and it smells like vinegar. For most people, that is not a pleasant smell. And what could be worse than needing your air conditioner on a hot day and it starts blowing out air that smells like vinegar? No thanks!

 

Why Does Your Car Smell Like Vinegar?

 

Your car could smell this way for a variety of reasons. But first off, if you only smell it when the AC is blowing then you know the issue has something to do with your AC system. If you notice it without the AC blowing, then it is likely coming from another source. So, what causes the smell to begin with it?

 

Most likely you have some kind of buildup in your vents or somewhere else in your AC system. If you happen to live near trees or other natural materials, these materials can get into your AC system, including your vents. Over time these natural materials die and decay, and they can even ferment, which is what leads them to smell like vinegar or something similar. It could be mold, mildew, or even leaves or other plant materials causing the smell.

 

If the smell isn’t coming from natural materials, it could be ozone from your air conditioner motor, which can cause a sour, or vinegar-like smell. Or, it could be that the filter in your air conditioner is dirty.

 

How to Get Rid of that Vinegar Smell

 

So now that you know what might be causing the bad smell, how do you get rid of it? Well, the best way to take care of the problem is to bring it to our experts at Hoesly. It’s not always easy to find the exact source of the smell. That’s why letting the pros take care of it is a good idea. We’ll pinpoint the exact cause and location of the smell and then take the necessary steps to eliminate it.

 

Plus, if the smell isn’t coming from your AC system, it will take a lot more effort to find the source. At Hoesly, we have the right tools and diagnostic equipment to find the problem and get rid of it, so you don’t have to drive around in a stinky car any longer.

 

Get Rid of That Funky Smell in Your Vehicle – Vancouver Auto Repair

 

No one likes to drive in a stinky car. Most bad smells coming from your heating and AC system happen when you have the AC on, but they can occur at other times, as well. Driving with a terrible smell is not only unpleasant, but it can be a big distraction, which can lead to unsafe driving conditions. And that can lead to an accident.

 

If your car, truck, crossover, or SUV is stinking up your commute, then come see us at Hoesly Automotive today in downtown Vancouver. We’ve been serving the people of Clark County for 75 years. We’ll find the source of that bad smell and get rid of it, so you can drive in comfort again, without the distraction of a smelly car.

 

Whether your vehicle stinks, or it needs any other type of service or repair, we have you covered at Hoesly Automotive. You can always trust our ASE certified technicians to do the job right. Please call us today at 360-695-5871 or click here to set up an appointment online. We’ll make your car smell new again at Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver.

 

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