Can Business Vehicle Pass Sniff Test?

Staten Island commercial bank says warning signs may help owners avoid a breakdown


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Suspect odors that a vehicle gives off can frequently signal trouble that might be potentially expensive.


Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, offers that any peculiar smell isn't something that could be ignored.

With a nod to the Car Care Council, the bank commends to business owners six vehicle warning signs that can be detected as odors.

While most motorists are fond of what’s known as that new car smell, there are some other specific odors that motorists should also be aware of, the council advises.

Identifying these suspect smells early on can help owners avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown.


The council recommends a vehicle sniff test to identify any unusual smells, including the following six warning signs:


1. The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot.


2. The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.


3. The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle such as a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.


4. The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.


5. The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.


6. If the smell of rotten eggs is coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter or a poorly running engine causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.


When there is any peculiar odor, it should not be ignored. Instead, take the vehicle to a professional service technician to get an informed opinion, says Rich White, the council's executive director.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care. A copy of the council’s “Car Care Guide” is available at


About Victory State Bank


VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office is in the community of Great Kills, and branches are in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at

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