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A Brooklyn Mechanic Highlights 3 Reasons Why There’s a Burning Smell in Your Car January 26, 2018

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A Brooklyn Mechanic Highlights 3 Reasons Why There’s a Burning Smell in Your Car, Brooklyn, New York

Even drivers who aren’t very mechanically minded know that a burning smell in their car is never a good sign, and almost always an indicator that their vehicle should be checked out by a certified mechanic. But what could be behind this ominous odor? As the team at Puma’s Auto Care in Brooklyn, NY, explains, there are several reasons why your car might smell like it is burning oil.

A Mechanic Reveals the Top 3 Causes for a Burning Smell

1. Oil Leaks

Unsurprisingly, one of the most common culprits behind a “burning oil” smell is an oil leak. The smell results when some of the leaking oil drips onto a hot exhaust system. While you may not detect this odor while inside your vehicle, the resulting fumes and smell will generally be very noticeable once you get out. Damaged gaskets and loose oil filters are often responsible for these leaks.

2. Old Oil

mechanicIf you aren’t keeping up with standard maintenance for your vehicle, don’t be surprised when you begin to notice a burnt oil smell. Over time, the quality of your engine oil deteriorates. When it no longer is able to provide adequate lubrication, the engine overheats, and the oil turns black. Check your oil regularly and schedule a change as needed to avoid severe engine damage.

3. Bad Brakes

Engine oil isn’t the only potential culprit behind a burning smell in your car. Issues with your brake system’s caliper piston can cause a distinctive burning smell, even during normal driving conditions. Driving with the parking brake on can cause similar issues. For safety reasons, all brake-related concerns should be closely inspected by a certified mechanic.

Whether you’ve noticed an unusual burning odor or need brake service, you can depend on a mechanic at Puma’s Auto Care to quickly address your automotive problems. Their licensed and insured team will use top-notch knowledge and equipment to keep your car in great shape. To learn more about their auto repair services, visit them online or call (718) 272-6306.

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