The smell of summer is in the air, but that doesn’t mean things are necessarily fragrant inside your car. Dirty filters, bacteria, and debris can all cause foul odors in the air conditioning system. Changing filters when you organize and tidy up your car is a good habit to get into.
A sour smell can mean it is time to change the cabin air filter. The filter’s job is to trap dirt and debris and keep them from getting into the cabin, but they need to be changed periodically.
A strong smell of mildew when you turn on the AC can mean that it is time to change the other air filter. The engine air filter also traps dust and debris and needs to be changed a couple of times a year, depending upon where you live and how much you drive.
If your AC is exuding a chemical smell, that can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as leaking refrigerant. Take your vehicle in for service if you smell something toxic.
Maple Syrup Smell
Maple syrup smells good on pancakes but it doesn’t belong in your car’s air conditioning. If you detect a sweet smell, it could be a sign of a leaky heater core, so get your vehicle into the dealership for a check-up.
Can’t find the source of that strange odor? Bring your vehicle to the servicecenter at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, proudly serving Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.
As the end of 2020 approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. This time, why not focus on making resolutions related to your vehicle? These car-related New Year’s Resolutions will help you start 2021 the right way.
Remember routine maintenance
Sometimes, when life gets busy, it can be difficult to remember when your vehicle is due an oil change, tire rotation, or brake check. In 2021, make sure you don’t miss out on your vehicle’s regular service items.
Learn how to change a tire
You don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with a flat. So, why not learn how to change a tire? Doing so means you won’t have to wait for help when you find yourself stranded.
Learn how to jump-start a car. Dead batteries are a real hazard, especially during harsh Iowa winters. Help yourself and others by learning how to jump-start a vehicle.
Check your tire pressure regularly
Your tires are what keep you connected to the road, so it’s important to take care of them. This year, make sure you check your tire pressure regularly and that you keep track of your tires’ tread — after all, worn tires can decrease the amount of traction you have in inclement weather.
To make sure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the coming year, contact our service department at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake to set up an appointment.