Friday, October 09, 2009

Vine[c]ar

Usually my car smells just fine (thank you very much), but periodically (once a week, let's say), I get in and it smells very strongly of vinegar. What's up with that?*

* In the absence of an alternate explanation, I'm forced to assume that a lockpicking hobo is breaking in at night to eat his salt and vinegar potato chips in comfortable seclusion of my vehicle. Mr. Hobo, I am not amused.

5 comments:

  1. It's the humidity, reacting with something. Or at least that's what I'm going with. My car does the same thing, only I occasionally get a pizza smell. Maybe the Papa Johns guys up the street are borrowing it for deliveries?

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  2. I think you're right. I think there's some otherwise undetectable essence of vinegar that has gotten into the lining of my trunk, and it gets fired up whenever my car sits in the sun.

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  3. What conditions would be necessary for a stray grape to become wine to become vinegar, all in one's own car, without direct human intervention?

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  4. You probably have mildew in your A/C ducts. There are products made for that. You're lucky, some times it smells like cat urine.

    My car (a Volvo) has a cycle that turns the A/C fan on automatically about an hour after you park it to dry out the condensate and prevent it from happening.

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  5. I always buy Volkswagens, the oldest being from 1969, the youngest 2006, and the heater always smells the same. But that's more explainable.

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