Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Does the air coming out of your car vents stink? You're not the only one. It's happened to the best of us. There are a few reasons your car vents smell bad that have nothing to do with hygiene.


Why Do My Car Vents Smell?

The most common reason is bacteria and mold buildup inside your air conditioner vents. This is especially the case where vehicles are stored or driven in hot and damp climates.


If you want to have your car vents serviced or, if you suspect that something other than build-up in your air vents is causing the issue — contact our certified auto shop for advice.


Can you remember what happened right before you noticed the smell? Did you turn on the air conditioner or heater? Answering these questions will help your mechanic make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.


Dirty air filters are another culprit that can cause a foul smell to come from your vents. Mechanics normally replace dirty air filters when you take your car in for oil changes, tune-ups, and regular maintenance checks.


If you suspect your air filter is causing your vents to blow smelly air, contact Hyland Auto Repair. 


Serious Issues Require Immediate Attention!

More serious issues that can cause unpleasant smells to come out of your car vents are leaking fluids. Does the smell coming out of your vents smell like smoke, gasoline, or antifreeze?


Unpleasant smells like these blowing out of your car vents are indications of a serious underlying issue. If this is happening to you, seek the advice of our mechanic as soon as possible to prevent costly damage to your vehicle.


Our mechanics will perform a diagnostic on your vehicle to rule out serious issues. If the issue isn't repair-related, they will give you advice and next steps to take. If your vehicle needs repair, your technician at Hyland Auto Repair will advise you of the specific parts and costs required to complete the repair.


If you need vehicle diagnostics, give our auto repair shop in Tempe, AZ a call today!

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