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Old 01-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default Maple syrup smell

So I have smelled maple syrup twice in the past week. I just got all and I mean all the engine work done about 10k ago. I noticed a possible leak from a hose and was wondering if replacing it may fix the issue.

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Old 01-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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I know people say coolant has a 'sweet' smell when it gets burned. Although your picture just looks like coolant is dripping onto the timing belt cover. That's just what I can see from your picture.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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I'm thinking its getting burned up as the engine warms up and when I drive (first 30 seconds) I smell it. I hope its only a hose issue that I can just replace.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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Does that hose leak drip onto the exhaust anywhere?
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:12 PM   #5
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Try tightening the clamp and see if that helps if not just replace it, they aren't that much.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #6
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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After looking at it again it seems as though there is a crack in the cover.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #8
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Try tightening the clamp and see if that helps if not just replace it, they aren't that much.
Replace the hose and the ****ty clamp. Good to go.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #10
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I hate those OEM clamps. Such a pain to deal with when they're old and crusty.

You probably have a bunch of corrosion under the hose too, take the hose off and clean the sealing areas and replace the clamps. If the hose is over 50k miles old, it's probably best to replace it as well.

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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Also remove the hose and clean the metal pipe. Corrosion builds up under the hose and causes leaks
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #12
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My old focus did this--My kids would always say they wanted pancakes after riding with me.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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Well I replaced the clamp so I hope that hold me over till I can get a new hose =p
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After looking at it again it seems as though there is a crack in the cover.
I've seen a few subaru's with cracks in the cover even places where the accessory belt wore through the cover and they didn't have problems.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:45 PM   #15
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So I have smelled maple syrup twice in the past week.
Canadian Spec?
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Nice Coincidentally this Canadian noticed the same thing yesterday. I'll have to check that out! Our coolants 40% Maple syrup, helps with those cold -25 start ups!
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That looks like its going to suck...
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I thought that canucks ran maple syrup for your oil, not coolant. Maybe its just burning a little oil.

Replace the hose and clamps and see if the smell goes away. If not, keep worrying and buy more pancakes.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #20
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All canadian fluid is maple syrup. Oil/tranny/dif/coolant.

I just replaced my hoses and clamps. I went bulletproof with the Goodyear rubber and Clamp-co T-Bolt Clamp.

there is nothing harder to justify keeping OEM than a subaru hose clamp.

http://www.clampco.com/products/t-bolt-std.asp
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #21
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It's coolant, had my radiator hose blow on my bugeye and it smelled just like it, I was like WTF am I smelling syrup for all the sudden? I was just cruising too.
Pull in the gas station pop the hood.....hello cloud of smoke....hello flatbed tow truck
Coolant everywhere!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #22
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Syrup smell in car is ethylene glycol until proven otherwise.

Likely to be the cause of your problem. Replace hose and clamp with good hose and worm clamp.

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Old 01-15-2013, 01:20 PM   #23
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When you replace the hose you'll almost surely find hard, green and yellow corrosion buildup between the hose and crossover pipe. Scrape off all the old corrosion with a screwdriver before you put the new hose on or it will leak again.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #24
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I have a 97 impreza outback sport and am having a similar problem in the same spot as you. On mine, I think its the clamp. So I would try replacing the clamp first and if not then possible get a new hose. I just discovered my leak today and smelling it for the last few weeks!
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