Rotten Egg smell in Patrol

Submitted: Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:50
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Goodday all,

Has anyone experienced a rotten egg/sulphur dioxide type smell coming from the engine bay. It's coming through the air con but not exhaust. The dealer seems to think it's fuel related, but I dunno.
It's comes and goes.

Thanks in advance

Mick
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:54

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:54
When last did you check the battery charge rate and water levels ?
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Follow Up By: mick - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:55

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:55
Derek,

Just had the car serviced so "suppose" it was done then,

Mick
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:06

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:06
I was thinking the same thing as you Derek.

Although I also had another cause in mind but did not want to degenerate the discussion too much hahahaha.

Mick, don't trust your mechanic to check battery levels as they rarely do in my experience. Could also be overcharging the battery to give this smell, worth checking yourself.

Regards, Trevor.
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Follow Up By: mick - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 23:04

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 23:04
Derek,

Yep right on the money. The second battery (Delkor sealed deep cycle) was spewing fluid from the "relief". Had the battery taken out and hopefully they will replace it, charge was checked and was ok.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 06:21

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 06:21
Hi Mick,

Thank You for the report back.

Make sure to rinse any acid off the body and treat it with rust spray if needed.

Regards Derek.
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:34

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:34
NEVER TRUST YOUR MECHANIC TO CHECK THE BATTERIES

I have had two fried batteries (one in the 4wd, 1 in the car we used as a trade for 4by) because we 'assumed' he checked them with each service, even said to ourselves 'should we check the batteries, nah should be right he'd of checked them when he serviced the car.' Both cars were at different mechanics and you think we'd of learned the first time, but noooooooo we ended up at fraser island and coming back just made it to the underbody car wash at Rainbow beach with a bone dry, smoking, foul smelling battery! the mechanic says to us. "I have seen some dead batteries before, but by geez you have taken the cake, this is the worst I have ever seen a battery in my whole career!"

lesson learned...

Cheers
Jo
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:59

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:59
Mick,

Maybe a chook layed an egg on the manifold?
Sorry mate, not much help am I?

I have got a whiff on a rare occasion when reversing.
Seems the air cond. sucks up the exhaust smell and pumps it inside the cab.

Bloody unleaded petrol.

Have you checked for an exhaust leak?

Bill


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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:04

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:04
Derek has the answer guys and I would ask him why it has happened.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:07

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:07
Only time that smell is noticed is when me lousy mates let one go in the cabin.

I, of course, am blameless.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:02

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:02
Have been told that there are two types of people in the world, those that fart methane and those that fart suplhur dioxide. Depends on what bacteria you get in your bowel.
Some smell better than others because of it.

Average male does it 13 times a day, average female 11 times a day.
I don't know why the difference.
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Follow Up By: Redeye - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:03

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:03
Oldplodder

The reason is the female never leaves the mouth shut long enough to build up pressure.

Now I sit back have another red and enjoy the feedback.... Te He

Redeye
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:08

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:08
Mick, you haven't had any mice die around the air intake at all ?
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Reply By: rod69 - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:40

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:40
mick,
I had a problem like that last on our trip sth. Really stunk like a dead critter. Seemed to emenate from left side of engine bay.Filled every nook and cranny with eucalyptus oil ,still took about 4 weeks to clear/rot away Know zackly how you feel/smell If you have an aux battery check it out as well
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Reply By: bushcamper - Monday, May 29, 2006 at 22:20

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 22:20
G'day Mick,

I had a smell in my old GQ but it was more like LPG. It would come and go while I was driving but never there when I was looking for it.

Turned out to be a small leak from the clutch fluid falling on something hot and burning. Thats why it was so hard to find, only happened when the clutch was used and not every time.

Good luck

Keith
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 01:01

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 01:01
Catalytic converters can smell like that when they get a bit old and possibly a bit tainted. If they don't "light up" enough, they only do a partial conversion of the exhaust gasses, leaving sulphur dioxide as one of the resultant gasses.
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Reply By: Robin - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:08

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:08
If you pull up in a hurry , and notice it more then , then its a fuel related issue.

If so , changing you brand of fuel can sometimes help, but not much if as Gary suggested its a Cat convertor/ oxy sensor getting old which is common.
(If fuel consumption has gone up at same time check above)

The battery related issues tend to provide more even , and lower level of smell
as generated gas is lot less.

Robin Miller

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Follow Up By: Robin - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:29

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:29
Forgot to add - one reason why it becomes more noticeable via air con is sealing of bonnet when closed. Back of Bonnet is just in front and should be able to close bonnet onto sheet of paper at that point and it will not pull out with resistance.

Robin Miller
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:21

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:21
Derek is on the money , a dry or overcharging battery . i would look into it asap . If the battery is smelling due to low fluid , then not dangerous , if smelling due to overcharging Alternator , can explode at any time .

not a joke , i have seen the aftermath
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