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Old 10-02-2008, 12:39 AM
 
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Why does my car stink. Like rotten eggs. Is something wrong with it? Should I do something to fix it?

PLS help. thanks everyone.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:57 AM
 
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Where does it smell? is it the inside or the outside? it might be your battery. Usually when batteries go bad, they put out a really foul smell... like rotten eggs.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:49 AM
 
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It's your catalytic converter being overwhelmed with too much un-burned fuel when you mash the gas. Back off a little and it won't smell so much.

I've found that most cars, even brand new cars, have this problem when you drive the crap out of them because emissions standards don't include testing at wide-open-throttle (which enriches the fuel-air mixture to avoid misfiring cylinders). Therefore, manufacturers use slightly under-sized catalytic converters in order to save money.

On the other hand, you might have a defective catalytic converter (covered by US law with a 100,000 mile warranty--see the dealer), a problem with your fuel system, or possibly even a clogged air filter. Give it a nice tune-up with a new air filter, new spark plugs, and an oil change (if it's due), and see if it improves somewhat.

And slow down--drive as if every gallon is the last gallon on earth, because one day...

(P.S. Don't neglect your automatic transmission, which in most cars, needs a fluid change every 30-60,000 miles for $120 or so, unless you prefer the alternative, a rebuilt transmission for $1500 or so. Check your owner's manual for the proper service interval, and use the "severe service" recommendation, because virtually all MN driving is considered "severe service.")
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Old 10-02-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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It's your catalytic converter being overwhelmed with too much un-burned fuel when you mash the gas. Back off a little and it won't smell so much.

I've found that most cars, even brand new cars, have this problem when you drive the crap out of them because emissions standards don't include testing at wide-open-throttle (which enriches the fuel-air mixture to avoid misfiring cylinders). Therefore, manufacturers use slightly under-sized catalytic converters in order to save money.

On the other hand, you might have a defective catalytic converter (covered by US law with a 100,000 mile warranty--see the dealer), a problem with your fuel system, or possibly even a clogged air filter. Give it a nice tune-up with a new air filter, new spark plugs, and an oil change (if it's due), and see if it improves somewhat.

And slow down--drive as if every gallon is the last gallon on earth, because one day...

(P.S. Don't neglect your automatic transmission, which in most cars, needs a fluid change every 30-60,000 miles for $120 or so, unless you prefer the alternative, a rebuilt transmission for $1500 or so. Check your owner's manual for the proper service interval, and use the "severe service" recommendation, because virtually all MN driving is considered "severe service.")
Very helpful, thanks.

Its a 1995 Blazer, so its old,wiht 170,000 miles.

I have had the cadalytic converter replaced 2 yrs ago. and a whole new fuel system within the past year. I dont drive like a crazy man, especially since i rarely drive.

I think it is the converter that buzzes too underneath when i hit the gas sometimes...
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Hmmm. The buzzing could be a loose heat shield, or it could be the catalyst material inside the converter rattling. I'd suggest calling, or bringing the truck back to the same shop that replaced the converter and seeing if there's a warranty on the part.

Good luck.
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