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Old 01-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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So I'm on the freeway yesterday and I smell this burning smell so I think nothing of it and assume it's the car in front of me so I get off the freeway and still smell it so I pull over open the hood and it's not a heavy scent kinda faint so I'm thinking it's just caught under the hood from another car but then on my way home later that night I smell it again but can't find out where it's coming from I really only smell it when the heat is on but I haven't really put it to the test to see what else it could be if anyone has some insight on what it could be let me know please
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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So I'm on the freeway yesterday and I smell this burning smell so I think nothing of it and assume it's the car in front of me so I get off the freeway and still smell it so I pull over open the hood and it's not a heavy scent kinda faint so I'm thinking it's just caught under the hood from another car but then on my way home later that night I smell it again but can't find out where it's coming from I really only smell it when the heat is on but I haven't really put it to the test to see what else it could be if anyone has some insight on what it could be let me know please
My wife said the same thing about our 03 wagon. Sh had just gotten off the highway and when she parked the car and got out, she smelled something hot and burning. I am curious on what others think as well. Coolant, brakes, etc was all fine as I talked her through things to check. Catalytic converter??
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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Yes please people any insight on this would help
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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What does it smell like? Oil, clutch/ brake pad?
You might have ran over something like a plastic bag that got melted to the exhaust.
I would also check you oil level, it might just be oil leaking onto the exhaust.
Check you brake rotors to see if they are very hot, could be a stuck caliper.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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Have you gotten your lower control arm recall done recently? Ever since I got my car back after the recall I smell burning plastic when the car warms up but its because the dealer over sprayed the coating onto the exhaust.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:27 AM   #6
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More info needed for sure.

Could be a cracked CV boot flinging grease onto the downpipe. Could be anything.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:14 PM   #7
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I dunno it's just a really potent burning rubber smell I have gone in for the lower control arm yet so it's not that I just did an oil change but I do believe I may be burning oil (what should I do to fix that) I'm just confused as what to do I use my car daily for work seeing as I drive all day
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #8
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...I just did an oil change...
Have you stopped to consider that whoever did the oil change might've accidently spilled some oil? It happens all the time, and it can take a few days to completely cook-off.

How much oil is your car burning, and what oil is it?
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #9
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I did the oil change no spill oil and I'm running royal purple as far as burning goes im not exactly sure how much is burning I just know that I'm seeing an oil light sooner rather then later and I have black soot or however you spell/say around my exhaust
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:13 AM   #10
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You're seeing an "oil light" regularly on the dash? Are you kidding? That's impending engine DEATH, amigo.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:04 AM   #11
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Yea it's killing me last night when I pulled in my driveway I noticed oil spots from where I pull in so I know I have a leak but could that be what the smell is coming from like I said it's not a burning oil smell it's a burning rubber smell
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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Yea it's killing me last night when I pulled in my driveway I noticed oil spots from where I pull in so I know I have a leak but could that be what the smell is coming from like I said it's not a burning oil smell it's a burning rubber smell
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:46 PM   #13
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Anymore insight on my situation?
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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How often do you see the oil light on in your car?
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #15
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Seeing an oil light tells you your oil pressure is catastrophically low, unless you've won the lottery by having a bad sensor. My advice? Make sure it is topped off with oil, make sure the filter is tight, and take it to a mechanic, immediately.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:51 PM   #16
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I did the change then didn't see it for maybe 2,000 miles unless I just didn't notice it cause when it flashes it sits behind my boost gauge so it's tough to see unless you lean over I just happened to notice it
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:01 PM   #17
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I'm thinking my filter got messed up along the line somewhere cause im seeing some oil form at the tip or it
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #18
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Could be, but the oil pressure light is THE problem right now. You never, ever want to see that come on, much less often.

Pop the filter off, put a new OEM filter back on, clean every thing off really well (brakekleen works well), and top the oil off. Start it, let it idle, and if you see the oil light stay on, or come back on after it initially goes off, turn it off, and tow it to a mechanic.
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I've been gettin a burning smell on my 04 wagon as well. It has just hit 90k miles. I changed the engine oil last week ,but i still get the smell after i drive. No strange lights come up or anything.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #20
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I just looked at the LU(H4DOTC) Lubrication section of the service manual and on page 22 it states that the oil light comes on at 2.1 psi. At 600 rpm the oil pressure should be ~14 psi and 5,000 rpm the oil pressure should be 43 psi (176 deg F oil temp). I agree with others in that if the oil light comes on, it is not good news.

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #21
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Yea I dunno my car this morning didn't make a spuddering noise but it had the feeling as if it were so im I'm thinking I got water in the engine and I have a cracked head I dunno what to do I'm just about ready to call it quits and sell it as is a walk away with nothing from it at this point
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #22
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Your oil on your oil filter could pos be the oil cooler seal. (easy fix) other theb that what id say to do is detail/clean the whole engine with degreaser or brake cleaner (your choice) top and bottom of the engine. Put it on jacks if you dont have a lift. Afterwards go about your normal day and check it out in about 3 days to see where its coming from. Oh and if you have a cold air intake cover it with a plastic bag so water doesn't get on it. And dont put too much water pressure on any of the wires especially the MAF.

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:24 AM   #23
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Yea ill give it a go
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:45 PM   #24
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If the oil level is fine but the oil light is coming on, i'm wondering if could possibly be a cracked oil-pickup tube. (or possibly oil pump?)
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I got it fixed the filter was on too tight and it cracked the seal so when I ran the car oil would come out and burn down the exhaust and if I was driving a little faster it splashed up against the engine and made that smell
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