vinegar? or somewhat sweet? 10 minutes after parking your car, sniff the
coolant reservoir and see if it's the same...if so, you have a heater core
If it's acrid... then you probably have mildew in the system. Or leaves have
gotten in there and are decomposing/fermenting... this is quite likely if it
IS a vinegar smell, open up a leafy compost heap and you may smell the same
How long have you had the car?
It's definitely not the heater core, I had that happen on a new Chevy truck
once. That's a smell I remember, but I checked it anyway.
The only way I can describe the smell is if you have ever smelled a bag of
"salt & vinegar" chips, that's the smell.
After the a/c has been on for a few minutes the smell goes away. I don't
see any leaves or anything when I open the hood.
I just moved from Houston and we had a bunch of pine trees and there were
always pine needles all over the car, but I made sure that I always removed
them (or at least I tried).
I have had the car since it was new and have about 58,000 miles.
Thanks for the info.
oh just one of the many reasons I hate not having a man around on a regular
bet its the pile needles(some got into the evaporator core area and this
is what you are smelling.. try to take some new pine needles and put
them in a plastic bad for a few days and see if it smells the same as
the a/c unit in the car... if so then you know what it is... you gotta
get them out....
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