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Model 3 Weird Smell

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Tobigg, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Tobigg

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    Has anyone been experiencing a weird smell in their model 3 when the HVAC is turned on?
     
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    Lay off the beans!
     
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    Can you describe what the smell is? "weird" doesn't really help much. Does it smell damp and musty? Does it smell like plastics and chemicals? Something else?
     
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    What does euphoria smell like? Or maybe, you're referring to the LACK of a smell from fossil fuels? :cool:
     
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    Maybe a collant leak?

    From the web: "If the cooling system in your car smells sweet, then you should have your unit checked immediately. The sweet smell is often the cause of toxic liquid ethylene glycol or antifreeze. This smell is the result of a leak in the cooling system."

    From other posts...the Model 3 only has one coolant circuit for all its system...so HVAC uses the same coolant as the battery. So if you have a coolant leak...you could also be affecting your battery.
     
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    When it is very cold, I have just an initial faint smell that is normal for electric heat. It goes away within a couple of minutes as the heat stabilizes.
     
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    I don't believe the coolant loop goes into the passenger compartment. Many ICE cars have the coolant loop going through a heat exchanger to provide heat. Thus a coolant leak ends up in the cabin.
     
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    Yes it is a faint smell and goes away within a couple of mins. I'm new to electric vehicles and immediately noticed it when I turned the AC or heat on, I wasn't sure if it was normal or not! Will the smell ever go away for good or will it be there for the life of the car?
     
  10. Tobigg

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    Haha that was funny!
     
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    Mostly a damp musty smell!
     
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    :)
     
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    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. .......The smell, you know that gasoline smell........ Smelled like victory."
     
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    I thought i read somewhere that the battery coolant is eventually used for heat if it's warm enough.
     
  15. Tobigg

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    Man I'm laughing really hard right now!
     
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    Yes, there is an odd, new car/something burning smell. I'm hoping/expecting it will go away after some usage.
    Also, I've noticed that smells from items in the frunk seem to leak into the HVAC (spicy takeout food in the frunk)...I suspect the rubber seal on the frunk to the hood isn't perfect.
     
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    A damp musty smell is not good so early. I would take that to the SC.

    Mine smells weird when it has been sitting in the sun, but it started after I got my tint installed. So I think it is the adhesives from that. It is a chemical smell vs musty tho.
     
  18. randy1077

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    I also noticed it this morning when the heating element kicked on for the first time. Faint burning electronics smell.
     
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    I believe it is used to help warm up certain components but cabin heater is all electric.
     
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  20. Tobigg

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    I thinking you may be right because I just got my windows tinted as well and that's when I noticed that smell. Do you have any ideas on fixing it or is it stuck in there for good?
     

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