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  1. 3 Reasons Your Car Smells like Rotten Eggs No one likes the lingering presence of an unpleasant or particularly potent smell. When driving, smelling a strong scent like that of sulfur — or “rotten eggs” — is often an indicator of a serious issue. The smell comes from the small amount hydrogen sulfide, or sulfur, within the fuel. Hydrogen sulfide is usually converted into odorless sulfur dioxide. However, when something breaks within the vehicle’s fuel or exhaust system, it can inhibit this process and create the smell. The byproducts and deposits causing the smell are left over from the incomplete combustion of gasoline being burned and can be traced to multiple system failures. Should the smell only occur briefly after using the engine at high revs, there is no serious issue to be concerned about. A lingering sulfur smell, however, needs to be investigated. Listed below are 3 reasons your car smells like sulfur. 1. Broken Catalytic Converter The most likely culprit for a rotten egg smell, the catalytic converter is part of the vehicle’s emissions system. When gasoline reaches the catalytic converter, the converter transforms the trace amounts of hydrogen sulfide into the odorless sulfur dioxide. It is designed to reduce harmful emissions by “converting” exhaust gases, like hydrogen sulfide, into harmless gases. A broken or jammed catalytic converter cannot properly process the sulfur gases and will cause your car to smell like rotten eggs. Should your catalytic converter be the cause of the smell, you need a new catalytic converter. If your converter is inspected and shows no signs of physical damage, another vehicle component has caused it to fail and needs repair. 2. Failing Fuel Pressure Sensor or Worn Out Fuel Filter The fuel pressure sensor regulates the use of fuel in a vehicle. Should a fuel pressure regulator fail, it ends up clogging the catalytic converter with too much oil. Too much oil prevents the converter from processing all exhaust byproducts, which then exit the vehicle through the tailpipe and produce the rotten egg odor. An excessive amount of byproducts can also build up within the catalytic converter and cause it to overheat, also contributing to the smell. In this case, a fuel pressure regulator problem can be fixed by replacing the regulator or fuel filter. A worn out fuel filter leads to the same problems caused by a bad fuel pressure sensor — an influx of sulfur deposits burned up in the catalytic converter. 3. Old Transmission Fluid If you’ve missed one-too-many transmission flushes, the fluid may begin to leak into other systems and unleash a rotten egg smell. Typically only an occurrence in manual cars, changing transmission fluid as suggested by your car’s manufacturer can often solve the problem. Any leaks that appeared will need addressing as well. Removing the Rotten Egg Smell The best way to remove the smell of rotten eggs from your car is to replace the faulty part causing the smell. This could be a catalytic converter, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, or even old transmission fluid. Once the appropriate part gets replaced, the smell should disappear. It’s important to take notice of all off or bad smells surrounding your vehicle. In addition to sulfuric odors, smoking or burning smells can indicate serious issues like an overheating engine, a fluid leak, or worn-out brake pads. Always seek the advice of an expert mechanic when it comes to diagnosing and repairing vehicle components. Thank you to "Your Mechanic"
  2. I thought that in polite company it would be best to ignore the statement as well as I didn't have a clue about what Linas meant.
  3. Got to pick you up on some of your points Linas. Reduced size of the boot. These days carrying a spare is not necessary with a can of puncture repair it will always get you out of difficulties. Potential risk of fire - yes I know "properly" set-up LPG is "safe", but no one can deny risk is higher than factory fitted petrol... or indeed factory fitted LPG. There's no more risk of fire than there is with petrol fueled cars. As you know I and the wife have driven LPG converted cars for well over 25 years and in all that time we have never heard of a car going up in flames because of LPG but have seen lots of petrol driven cars go bang. You can also stand on a petrol tank and dent it, you could try doing it on an LPG tank and you will hurt yourself long before you have even put a scratch in the paintwork. Difficult to find filling station. You soon find your local filling stations, when you travel further a field you can either do a quick check on your computers or ask your Satnav to find you the nearest one, of course in Europe it sold at lots more stations and on my frequent trips I used to make to the Czech Republic there was never a time when I ran out of LPG because I couldn't find a filling station. Difficult to fill. If my wife can fill my LS and her Fiesta without moaning its difficult then filling is not a problem. In all the 25 plus years we have driven converted to LPG cars we have never been let down by the LPG system breaking down. You must do your homework first if you are going to have a car converted make sure you get the best people to do the conversion and if you are buying a car already converted then get the system checked out by someone who knows what they are doing. All that done, Happy Motoring.
  4. Best thing to do is to contact a conversion company and see what they have to say.
  5. You need to put a picture up of each wheel and show condition of Tyre as well.

  6. When we can only buy electric cars where do all these people who live down tiny roads full of terraced houses and are lucky if they can park just a bus ride away from their houses so cant plug their cars in and anyway the local scumbags will rip out all the plugs to entertain themselves on their way home. I cant see how we are ever going to do away with the internal combustion engine but it will have to be a hybrid car with what working technology we have today.
  7. At 8am she went onto the ramp and 20mins later she had a new MOT with no advisories. We had only done just under 5k in the last year. On the clock 175,902. I love my Lexus.
  8. I found it easy enough under the sales pages. Like you I was amazed with the number of IS220 for sale. Have never thought of looking in FB for Lexus sales. I don't get the ads that start, Price Free.
  9. Don't waste your hard earnt money.
  10. The original LS400 Razor61 is in Candy Apple Red which looks fantastic on Stratocaster Guitars but not an LS400.
  11. I can give Dualfuel in Woking a thumbs up apart from the price they charge. I had one Merc 2 litre estate car and it cost me around £3K from them. That was over 15 years ago I have since found another company in South Wales who will do the conversion in a day for around £1K called Profess. They have converted loads of Lexus various models and all with out any problems. They will lend you a car for the day while they do the work. I have never had any problem with any LPG system fitted by either company. Profess in South Wales are a very helpful and friendly company.
  12. Happy Christmas to all the members of the LOC and their families.
  13. I have let trading standards know about that as he cant sell it as a private person.
  14. Sorry cant help you. There shouldn't be any problems as another member loaded up quite a few pics.
  15. Yesterday the central locking, the moving steering column, the door locks switch in the armrest and alarm system all u/s However despite the above she started OK and went on a 25 mile drive with 3 stops which meant parking the car and manually locking the doors which included going to each door to switch the door lock button. Went to go out with her today inserted ignition key and it was as though the battery wasn't connected at all, not even a flicker of life anywhere on the car. Got the jump leads out and at first nothing then I saw a small spark on the negative terminal as we made sure there was contact and everything came back to normal, everything was working, I had checked all the terminals to make sure there was a decent contact for them on the battery so its a mystery. Any ideas??
  16. Nice advert Paul. Well done and good luck with it. Mike.
  17. Well spotted, he needs to be closely watched and reported to trading standards when you think there is anything fishy. I will pass this over to them tomorrow.
  18. They are selling a Range Rover for around £57K and that has just 4 miserable pictures.