2002 Ford Taurus Strange smell at start-up

Tiny
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2002 Ford Taurus 6 cyl 109000 miles

There is a strange smell when I start my car and the engine is cold. It smells like celery. It goes away after a couple minutes. Just a few notes: the defroster is on when I start it, with the heat turned all the way up. I also just had the coolant reservoir replaced and had a coolant system flush. I didn't have this smell before the repair.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 7:37 PM

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Tiny
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Wheres I smell like celery? The exhaust?

Could be coolant heating up and burning off. May be a leak somewhere, keep your eye on the colant level.

You got excessive white smoke?
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 9:00 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the reply. I found out it was a leak in the water pump, and I was smelling coolant because it puddled up when the engine was cool.
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 AT 11:06 AM
Tiny
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Figured that it was coolant puddling up somewhere. Glad to hear you were able to find it and fix it.

Goodluck!
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 AT 8:18 PM

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