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Old 03-23-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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Exclamation his engine was on fire!

ok, well it wasn't on fire but still.

friend has an OBS, its a 98. it has an intake and thats it. it just got a new clutch. there is a burnign smell of some sort coming from the area (in the engine bay), by the passenger side strut.

it does not smell like a normal clutch burning, but i think it may not be properly adjusted and is rubbing and burning slowly.

it does not smell like burning oil.

it does smell like a hot engine + something else, but that something else is unknown. any suggestions, any parts that usually burn or smell bad on 98 obs's? could it be my clutch theory?

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Old 03-24-2005, 12:05 AM   #2
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um maybe ur clucth theory but i have no clue
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:10 AM   #3
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Headgasket? Did you check for that? How does the coolant overflow tank look? Does it look like a milkshake? Does he have overheating problems?
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:47 AM   #4
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pass side strut.

is the cv intact?
leaking?

are there any spilled fluids from the tranny change burning off on the exhaust?

just some things to look for.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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I second the CV boot on the pass side . I have owned 2 subaru's that had the inner CV boot fail as a result of just being to close to the cat .
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:04 PM   #6
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Ya that stuff does smell weird when it's smoking.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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Perhaps the new clutch still needs bleeding? If the clutch engaugement is right next to the floor you might want to check into this. Or like you said could need adjustment. The plates could still be slightly making contact just enough to give you this smell. Though this would most likely also make it harder to slip into first when at a stand still..(IF the clutch engauges right at the top of the pedal it could be not fully engauging either) Just thought id further explain this theory as a possability...

If the clutch was really *just* replaced and it doesnt seem too close to the top of bottom of the pedal maybe wait a day or two before thinking about it too hard.. could be burning off just some old fluids that got messy from the swap
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Old 03-24-2005, 05:21 PM   #8
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Do you use an odd kind of oil? I got a really odd smell I couldn't identify from over there that turned out to be my Castrol synth blend oil leaking a bit past the valve cover gasket onto the cat. It smelled kind of like a belt burning with an oily smell, but not your typical burnt oil smell.
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Old 03-24-2005, 05:58 PM   #9
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the smell has been occuring for as long as he has had the car, couple weeks, but just got his oil changed. so its not the oil. it may be the clutch.

it also might be some vacume line or something rubbing where it shouldn't. the clutch engagement is right at the floor, i drove it and was like *** is wrong. lol.

the differential seal thing could be a possiblity but how would you go about checking that? or is that a mechanic type thing? any info on this would be awesome.
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what kind of smell does it have? after i run my car hard, my car smells like sticks being burnt.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:56 AM   #11
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well it is almost a sweet smell, but not really. i thought it was saduer(sp?) at first but i turned my gun on and realized that it was not that. so as of right now, i have no clue what it is.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:46 PM   #12
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sweet smell?
that's coolant....
for this check up front by the radiator and the coolant reservoir
are there any leaks? any signs of over flow? spills?

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back to the cv joint leak:

get under the car and look at the axle.
see if there are any signs of grease visible

either where the axle does into the tranny
or goes into the knuckle/hub

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