The Great Hotcakes Hoax-aka-The Phony Flapjack Flap
December 3, 2018
We had just had our first cold night of the season, and I turned my heater on to get the car toasty. For years, if I smelled something like pancake syrup in the car, I thought I must have an antifreeze leak and it was being burnt somewhere. I brought the car in, and service adviser Jason Fry, who had my coolant system and heating system checked out, but found nothing and sent me on my way. Three nights later, I was doing my weekly deep clean on the old Civic, and lo and behold, there on the floorboard was the McDonald's bag and left over platter with pancake/syrup residue from the day before my mysterious 'syrup smell'. It was that turning on the heater that warmed up that platter and produced the smell. Sorry, Jason. By the way, about a week later I had my 2009 Odyssey in to replace the timing belt at 200,000 miles and it needed a new tensioner as well. That service was quick, thorough, and I got a little discount as well (but I won't tell).