Is My Car Making Me Sick?

I love my little car. It’s been good to me and I try to be good to it. Lately, though, things haven’t been quite right. I think it started a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was me but I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t.

I’d been to shop the organic market, the Asian market and Aldi. On the way home, I started feeling lightheaded. I could have chalked it up to not having enough to eat but I’d taken a green smoothie with me and sat outside in the sun to drink it. I wondered what was going on. Maybe my blood sugar (as Barney would say, “my sugar blood”) was low and I needed to get home and eat some more. Once I did have another meal, I still didn’t feel at all well.

Next morning, when I was driving to work, I started feeling woozy. I take my juice and green smoothie with me in the a.m. and it was possible I would feel better after I conSOOMED them. Sure enough, an hour or so later, I was fine. That afternoon, it was a repeat of the morning. Strange.

I’m not real bright at times and it took me this long to figure it out. There must be a breach in something somewhere in my car that’s letting noxious fumes inside. I’ll be perky as can be on the way out but as soon as I close the car door, I start wilting. It happens too often not to be related.

Could it be carbon monoxide? I don’t know. I’ll get a slight nagging headache that clears up once I’ve been in another environment for an hour or so.

Today, I cracked the windows as I drove and it did seem to help some. Do I need to take my car to the dealer or can the man at my local gas station find the problem? I don’t want to drive it too far. I had planned to celebrate my birthday by going to Aldi, etc., Sunday but I’m not going to chance it.

Anybody out there have any advice? Please leave me a comment if you do. My life could depend on it.

18 Responses to Is My Car Making Me Sick?

  1. Cassandra February 6, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    Don’t die. 🙂 I know nothing about cars, so that’s the best advice I can give.

    Happy almost Sabbath!!

    • Tommie February 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

      I’m trying my best not to! I had a mechanic check it this afternoon and he couldn’t find the source. Guess it’s on to a muffler guy next week. More $$ I don’t have…

      Happy Sabbath 2U2!

  2. Zucchini Breath February 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    It sounds like your theory is correct. It could be a hose came detached, an easy fix, they just re-tach it.

    🙂 Don’t drive wilted!

    • Tommie February 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

      No loose hoses or anything with holes. Sorry for me. I can’t have anything much that’s easy… 🙁

  3. Leslie February 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    I am having the exact same issue but includes a really bad stiff neck as well. Not having much luck with answers.

    • Tommie February 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

      What are we going to do with us??

  4. Amanda October 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I think my car is making me ill and would like to test it for carbon monoxide. I don’t have gas in my house so it can’t be that. I ache everywhere and this started about 2 weeks ago

    • Tommie October 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? Or is there a place where you can have it tested? If you think that’s it, do something pronto. If it turns out to be CO and you don’t get something done fast, the effects can be permanent. I still have a tremor and sometimes I have balance problems.

  5. Jillian March 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Did you ever figure out if it was actually your vehicle making you ill? I think I have that same problem. I get really dizzy and confused when driving in my car

    • Tommie March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      No. It was my gas logs. I tell about it here. If you are having that problem, get your car checked out ASAP. I can tell you that some of the damage caused by CO poisoning never goes away—or mine hasn’t, anyway.

  6. Bebe April 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    have the same problem. The mechanics found some mildew in the “case.” I stil get the headaches, sinuses probnlem and I fell like I’m coming down with a cold. Headache, sneezing, runny nose. But only when I turn on the air conditioner. The mechanics at the car dealer, have cleaned the engine of all debris. I have not had to spend any money, they gave me a rental to drive, and I turned on the air conditioner to that car, no problems. Only my car, and it is only 2.5 years old. Everytime I turn on the air conditioner, I get sick. Any suggestions?

    • Tommie April 27, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      I found this. Google enzyme solutions to find what and where to buy the product needed. My car doesn’t have a cabin filter but if yours does, it might help to change it. Let me know how it goes!

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  8. Carole July 22, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    My husband drives for four to five hours a day as part of his job. He recently was given a new Volkswagen Golf (diesel) and his health has been deteriorating ever since. He is wheezy, coughing and now has thyroid problems. He was always healthy before and we note that his coughing gets worse during the week and improves at weekends and on holiday, when he drives another car. Recently, we thought we would check for carbon monoxide and put a detector on the passenger seat. After two hours the alarm went off and then again some time later. He was not in heavy traffic, the weather was fine and the car was doing about 60 – 70mph on a motorway and was not in heavy traffic. The dealership have had the car back and have not found a fault and claim diesel engines cannot create carbon monoxide. If so, why is this car making him ill and why did the detector go off!

    • Tommie July 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Sound like you’re getting the runaround. From what I’ve been able to fine, diesel exhaust has less carbon monoxide but it’s still there. His symptoms could be caused by other toxins resulting from burning diesel.

      It turns out my car wasn’t at fault. It was the gas logs in my house. I’d failed to open the damper when cold weather hit.

  9. Sandy Rogers March 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

    For those of us getting dizzy and headaches while driving, the problems are real. I’ve been reading that the cars these days are highly toxic from the materials used to make the plastic parts of the card. PVC is used to make the dash and everything in the plastic parts. The sun will make the fumes even worse. These parts are not regulated by the government according to some of these articles. Buyer beware. I’ve been to many doctors over the last year and not one of them could tell me what’s wrong. I figured out that I’m suffering from toxicity and it’s very difficult to get in my car and drive.

  10. BJ September 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Getting dizzy myself while driving my new car . Actually my car is 23 years old (very low kms ) . A little collectors item . Nissan micra 95 in brand new condition . Brilliant little car . Bought it 5 months ago and had no dramas until I got number 2 amplifier installed about a month ago , sounds great and enjoyed it for a week and now I sort of panic and become unfocused and feel strange when I drive the car or play the stereo . $2000 stereo and I cannot even enjoy it . Although I do suffer anxiety …… After all these comments , I’m now wondering whether it’s something else like fumes from exhaust . I drive mums car and I’m totally fine . Thinking im best getting car checked out ASAP just in case there’s an issue .

  11. Matt M November 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    I know there will be a crowd of experts that will poo poo this post, but let me tell you something going on with my 2014 sienna XLE. Our previous ’08 XLE was totaled last July and we raced around town and found a really nice accident free and great service history 14 XLE in silver. Almost showroom new. We needed a van to take on the family vacation. Anyway, long story short,
    For the past few months, I have found the van impossible to drive safely. Within 10-15 minutes, I start feeling odd. I can only explain it this way. Imagine you are going about your day and someone flipped a switch and you neurologically shut down like your computer reboots without cause. Or a type of narcolepsy where you cant be sure you wont just fall asleep. My carotid arteries in my neck become so tender that just touching then causes an effect like I am going to blackout. My heart feels like I have an arhythmia and its not pumping correctly. Its scary and I have several times pulled over to let my wife drive. I just couldn’t trust myself to continue driving. It only happens in this van, not in my daily driver is300, not in fj cruiser and I drive 75 minutes each way in my car to work and I never get this sensation.
    So, I was on my way to trade it in on a 2010 sienna today when it dawned on me after 20 minutes, that the possible problem could be the BSM (blind spot monitor) system. I turned the BSM off and within 10 minutes the sensation began to resolve and did not reoccur. I searched google for health risks of these microwave RF devices and found very little. Most discussions were regading cancer risks. Thats a possible problem for long term use I guess, but from what I experienced today, these monitors may be causing immediate neurological issues to the driver. I find it hard to believe that its only me this can be happening to. If you have odd symptoms while driving with the blind spot monitor on, Please give your experience here.
    My symptoms disappear immediately after I exit the van. So I am less inclined to think its CO poisoning. Those symptoms would linger. As would some type of VOC poisoning. Mind you, the radio is constantly hitting me with bluetooth as well. The EMF in the vehicle should also be considered as a health issue.

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