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Old 01-19-2004, 12:09 PM   #1
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Over the last couple of days my car developed a very slight burning rubber smell every time I go out for a few miles of relaxed driving. I found one other post that seemed related but with no answers.

Any ideas before I start searching?

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Edit: all stock except a) Koni inserts added months ago, b) AC in defrost mode disconnected ages ago.
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Old 02-02-2004, 08:18 PM   #2
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There's a good chance you're smelling oil burning, not rubber.
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:34 AM   #3
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You might want to take a quick look under the hood and make sure no hoses have gotten loose or misrouted near hot parts of the engine.
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Old 02-03-2004, 10:30 AM   #4
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Thanks all. After my first post I looked as extensively as I could in the engine compartment and under the car. Nothing seemed wrong with any hoses and there was no sign of any fluid leaks. I haven't smelt anything since then. I have no explanation but it seems to have gone away!
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Old 02-03-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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You may be starting to develop a small leak. It's not uncommon for a valve cover gasket to leak a little bit of oil directly onto the exhaust. It burns right away, so you don't see it collect, and it smells similar to burning rubber.
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:07 PM   #6
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You may be starting to develop a small leak. It's not uncommon for a valve cover gasket to leak a little bit of oil directly onto the exhaust. It burns right away, so you don't see it collect, and it smells similar to burning rubber.
If all else fails, inspect the right front inner axle boot. Look for grease on it. If there is a small crack in the boot, it can sling grease on the exhaust.
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Old 02-04-2004, 01:43 PM   #7
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you could have had a plastic bag/road debris
land onto your exhaust, and then burn itself off

happens all of the time

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Old 02-04-2004, 04:22 PM   #8
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you could have had a plastic bag/road debris
I like that theory better than the others since it doesn't require me to try and fix anything
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Old 02-04-2004, 07:02 PM   #9
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Originally posted by leecea
I like that theory better than the others since it doesn't require me to try and fix anything
if it returns -
jack the car up and take a good, thorough look underneath.

burning rubber smell on my rs
turned out to be leaking axle seals

but the scent was consistent
and eventually i could see the leaking fluid.
but this took several days....

good luck!
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