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Title: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: Jazzkhan on October 08, 2020, 10:07:26 AM
Hi everyone,
Thanks for reading my message and hopefully I ll get solution also as I am new in this forum and i have a Alhambra Reg12, 2L DSG and the car smell almost all the time when is strat very bad smell like fumes and are all round car and very strong even I got headaches by this smell I have changed Pollen filter and I have discussed with few expert persons but no one has solution for this :'(
So guys does anyone face this problem or any idea what could be? ???thanks a lot
Title: Re: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: johnnyroper on October 08, 2020, 02:30:27 PM


Almost impossible to diagnose something like that over the internet. All I can suggest is check the usual stuff like exhaust condition,for any signs of oil/fluid leaks. Also the breather system to make sure oil vapour isn’t leaking somewhere. I assume the smell originates on exterior of car somewhere from your description?

What garages have you tried to get a diagnosis at? Might be worth hunting down a vag specialist
Title: Re: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: Jazzkhan on October 08, 2020, 04:39:44 PM
Thanks so much Boss for your reply and I take my Cars local garage and I am satisfied with his service.and regarding this issue they have diagnosed 2 faults.
1-Intake Air Temp.Sensor.
2- Cylinder 4 Glow Plug Circuit.
So they said these faults can't provoke smell (thing I can't say nothin mot I don't know as I am not a mechanic)
And what I have noticed is when car is stop and if accelerate it then I smell more and also noticed morning time is more exterior and interior. Anyway where are you located ?
Thanks
Title: Re: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: Chrispb on October 08, 2020, 05:24:03 PM
Auxiliary/booster heater fault assuming you have one fitted, think they use the Webasto heater on the later cars.
Title: Re: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: johnnyroper on October 08, 2020, 07:23:13 PM
Good shout there Chris forgot about the boost heater, although too be fair wasn’t aware later ones had them
Title: Re: Seat Alhambra reg12 bad smell all round
Post by: Chrispb on October 08, 2020, 10:03:33 PM
Good shout there Chris forgot about the boost heater, although too be fair wasn’t aware later ones had them
Our last Motability car was a 64 reg Sharan that had the Webasto heater, mounted in the engine bay as opposed to under the car.