Long time, first time.
2006 Toyota Matrix 66k miles.
I’ve recently developed a powerful rubbing alcohol or solvent smell in my car after it has been parked for some time, It has happened parking inside, outside, while the AC was running right before the car was turned off and when the AC was not turned on. Once the windows are opened and the car aired out, I can run the AC or blower without the smell returning.
After some preliminary digging, I found a post on Cartalk indicating it could be a cracked heater core and I’m smelling Antifreeze. I took the vehicle in to my mechanic and on my list of things to check was the smell. They could not find evidence of the smell, or a crack in the heater core, nor were any of my fluids low.
Might anyone have another possible source for this smell I could ask my mechanic about?
Thanks so much.