Strong petroleum odor after major repairs


#1

shop claims they power washed with petroleum solvent-everything under the hood of the car. What is the real reason they would do this?


#2

This is done if a large amount of oil was covering everything in the engine compartment. If it were coolant covering everything, it wouldn’t require a petroleum solvent to remove it as it mixes easily with water.

Tester


#3

Did you ask them?
There should not be a strong odor, and frankly there are non petroleum based cleansers that would have worked. If the odor is objectionable perhaps they’ll rewash it with a non petroleum-based cleanser. Ask them.


#4

I did ask them and they said that the mechanic likes to work with a clean surface. He mentioned after their 20 point inspection-almost in passing-that the oil was overfilled the last time I had the oil changed (at the dealership last week-not them)(but I didn’t realize if he meant it was all over the engine.) And there might also have been coolant because of the work I was having. He told me to crack the windows…and put the air on recycle when I drive and it will burn away after 3 driving times. This sounded kind of weird and fishy to me. Can this “cleaner” do harm to hoses, belts etc. if we leave it on? Any thoughts on this?


#5

The cleaner will not do any harm. And the odor should dissipate within a week.


#6

okay! thanks very much!