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Engine fumes in cabin

Visual inspection of exhaust system and engine revealed no leaks, order smells like an oil vapor.

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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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SOURCE: smell of oil in car when heater is turned on

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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SOURCE: engine oil in air cleaner

check to make sure pcv is working.if it is you have worn valve guide and seals and piston rings.l

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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.

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SOURCE: Fumes inside the cabin. Coolant probably leaking.

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.

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SOURCE: I smell exhaust fumes while driving my 2000 vw

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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A modern, well maintained vehicle's exhaust is virtually orderless once the catalytic converter has fired up. What you could smelling is oil leaking from the engine, for instance, from the valve cover that then drips down onto the hot exhaust where it vaporizes. That oil vapor is then ingesting into the passenger compartment through the fresh air intakes. Try airing out the cabin and then set the ventilation controls to recirculation mode to see if the problem persists. Also, the oil vapor will only happen when the exhaust is hot. So if you don't smell it when you first start the engine, that could be confirming this cause. Look at your engine and see if you see oil and dirt oozing from the valve cover gasket. You can try to tighten the oil cover fasterners to see if it stops the leak, but the best approach would be to replace the valve cover gasket.

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