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I own a Classic 2001 and I have had it for few months. I am smelling what can only be described as "a horse manure-like" odor emitting from the trunk. Is this a normal by-product of the battery charging or an indication of trouble brewing? I don't recall any mention in the vehicle literature.

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JIMpaf said:
I own a Classic 2001 and I have had it for few months. I am smelling what can only be described as "a horse manure-like" odor emitting from the trunk. Is this a normal by-product of the battery charging or an indication of trouble brewing? I don't recall any mention in the vehicle literature.

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I had that once in a Buick. I searched and searched, but couldn't find the cause. Turned out that a friend had forgotten to take a dozen eggs out of it when we'd come back from the Farmer's Market. AWFUL!!
 

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Now we know where the canary ended up! :wink:

Something is decaying. Dead mouse or something. You are going to have to find it. Good luck!
 

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Check under the car for something that was run over and became jammed up near the trunk?...
 

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I had a carton of milk leak all over a trunk once.... Gaaaaagggcccchhhh! You might also try shampooing the carpet back there.
 

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JIMpaf said:
I own a Classic 2001 and I have had it for few months. I am smelling what can only be described as "a horse manure-like" odor emitting from the trunk. Is this a normal by-product of the battery charging or an indication of trouble brewing? I don't recall any mention in the vehicle literature.

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We used to sometimes stick chicken bones and gizzards inside the wheel wells of a buddy's Ford Escort wagon, as a practical joke. After a couple of days, it got pretty ripe inside the car, so we had to tell him where the fowlness was (pun intended).

I promise you, however, I've been nowhere near your car. :) I claim innocence.

Chap
 

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Well, the battery is there, it could be sulpherizing, though that gas should be venting to the outside. Uually would smell like bad eggs though.
 

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I would suspect the battery, and have it checked, Then I'd try to see if there are any nooks and crannies where a clogged drain hole might allow water and cooties to ferment.
 

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some people have had problems with the smell of the spare tire in the trunk. Go to a tire store, and ask if you can have a plastic tire baggie. Put your spare in the bag, and see if that helps to reduce the problem.

If you are getting a sulfur smell, try changing gasoline stations. Some gasoline will have higher sulfur content than others, and if you can smell the sulfur, then your emissions system can't be very happy... If you live near a CA-emissions state line, try the CA-emissions gasoline, which will be lower sulfur than the national stuff.

have someone check the ductwork to the batteries. If the 12v was changed out, sometimes some mechanics do not replace the venting properly.

I agree with the other post - check your tires and wheel wells for compacted animal droppings or dead meat, and also clean the trunk to be sure that nothing is hiding under a carpet somewhere.

Also check the AC filter - that can easily get filled with leafy matter and insects and stuff, and could also be a source.

good luck!
 

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Some interesting possibilities

Thanks for the quick responses. I will look into all your recommendations and hopefully will find the solution among them.

Jim
 
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