What causes my car to smell like exhaust fumes when there is no exhaust leak?


Asked by Jan 02, 2014 at 07:15 AM about the 2002 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

In cold weather with the windows closed, when I'm idling, parked or waiting for a
light, the car sometimes fills with the smell of the exhaust. It seems to happen
more so when it is cold and windy. Another mustang owner told me it was the ,
"charcoal canister". My mechanic looked it up and said it is called an evap
emission control canister. I should mention that when this happens you can
even smell it outside, sometimes very strongly.

1 Answer

Tom Demyan

Does your mustang still have the factory catalytic convertors? Some owners remove them and add straight pipes for more HP. If so you will get that smell.

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