Exhaust Odors

Dan Forbing danforbing at verizon.net
Tue Feb 24 12:56:17 PST 2009

My 200 was rear-ended and it turned out many years later the body repairman did not use the sticky caulk where the new taillights met the trunk lid. I had the same exhaust odor issues (after the first repair) and found the problem when replacing taillights recently after a wind driven shopping cart broke out one of the tails. I found some great V8 tails with the caulk still in place. So I added a little more caulk to make sure they sealed up against the trunk lid, installed them and did not smell any more exhaust.

--- On Mon, 2/23/09, Jim Briggs <jrbriggs2 at cox.net> wrote:

From: Jim Briggs <jrbriggs2 at cox.net>
Subject: Exhaust Odors
To: 200q20v at audifans.com
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 8:54 PM

My 91 2002TQ (174K) has been great, but recently in the AZ winter,  
meaning no air conditioning needed or climate control on,  when just  
cracking a window or tilting sun roof I have noticed what smells like  
exhaust being drawn into the cabin.
At first I thought it was traffic I was following, but since have  
noticed it when there is no traffic around.
Does not seem to be noticeable with window al the way down.

I had it in for servicing and there are no leaks in or the seals of  
the exhaust. I asked about this being pulled into the cabin from the  
engine compartment, but response was that there shouldn't be any  
exhaust in the engine compartment.

Any thoughts on this situation or similar experiences out there?

Jim in AZ
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