Read my thread 'Beef sandwiches' (honest!), my be of some help. :thumbsup:
The smell is definately when I start the car and as the heater makes less of a small as it warms-up. I have taken the vehicle round to a well known Citroen dealership in Norwich. They say the problem is probably the Heater Air Puller (blower motor) Bearing or the Blower Resistor, as they tend to wear out. They will have to dismantle it to look for evidence of which it is. I will consider the estimate they gave me, to see if I can afford this.
Can anyone else relate to this?
(15-10-2012, 09:18 PM)tucker Wrote: If the smell is the heater matrix, the loss of coolant may be very minimal.
It is a common problem and my 2004 model has been that way for 4 years. It loses very little coolant. I probably top it up every 6 months.
The smell is often like a spicy, curry type smell which is the anti freeze burning.
The only odd thing is that you say it is noticeable as soon as you switch on whereas, mine is really when the engine temp warms.
Replacing the matrix is a messy job and personally not one I think justifies the problem unless is starts losing lots of fluid. The smell normally goes after a few minutes.
So THATS what it was!!!!
Our old Austin Maxi used to pong like that -Dad denied outright that he had a secret penchant for the vindaloo...
".....Im a secret lemonade drinker...."