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Smell of oil in car when heater is turned on

Leak of oil from engine placed due to cam damage from previous...runs great
can never turn on heater due to fumes that come into car
small leak...
what can i do??

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  • pbsegall Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2001 1/2 Passat, although it smells like exhust fumes. Three different mechanics have said its oil not exhust. I had all kinds of repairs done and no one can identify the problem. It definitely occurs when the heat is on.

    Any other tips would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    Sam problem with my 99 passat, although it seems to be presnet while at a red light/parked and goes away while driving



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The oil smell may be trapped in the car's cabin air filter.  Locate it and replace it.  Then on a dry day, spray A/C deoderizer (Fridge Fresh) in the cowl area with the heater blowing on high and all four windows open. Repeat a few times in an hour or so, then let it air out well.

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