Question about 2003 Volkswagen Passat
Visual inspection of exhaust system and engine revealed no leaks, order smells like an oil vapor.
Is it a diesel? If so, even a few drops, like on your shoes, a cloth or almost anything can transfer to the carpets and cloth seats in the vehicle and SLOWLY evaporate for weeks into the car. Also splashed into the intake vents, onto the air filter...etc
Posted on Jan 24, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
SOURCE: smoking caddy van 1.9 tdi
Check the oil fill cap and the radiator cap, see if you have a milky scum accumulation on either one, can indicate a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder where the oil is burning and allowing water intothe hot cylinder which causes white smoke to be emmitted from tailpipe.
Posted on Sep 29, 2009
Most likely, if it was installed at the dealership, you don't have a block heater, but a oil pan heater. To verify, look under the car, at the oil pan. Is there a pad siliconed to the oil pan?
If you DO have a block heater, it should be on the drivers side portion of the engine.
Posted on Apr 07, 2010
More likely, is a bad rubber seal in the rear deck lid or on any back doors (4-door). The rear of the car experiences positive air pressure due air flow over the car and can force fumes past a defective or damaged seal. Good luck!
Posted on Jul 04, 2010
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