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Old 09-Sep-2003, 05:54 PM
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Strange burning smell...

Hey guys, sometimes when I'm driving, I can smell this undescribable burning smell. Almost like burning oil or something, but not quite. It just doesn't smell very pleasant and makes me a little nauseas. Any idea what this problem is? Exhaust leak? Burnt oil?
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Old 09-Sep-2003, 06:10 PM
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sounds like an exhaust leak... do you have a big stereo?? It doesnt smell like rotten eggs does it?
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check under ur car for any plastic bags.. i smelt something odd for a few weeks..until my friend told me he ran over one and it smelt the same
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Originally posted by eth0r
check under ur car for any plastic bags.. i smelt something odd for a few weeks..until my friend told me he ran over one and it smelt the same
I'll check for that...

and as for the possibility of exhaust leakage....the smell is very on and off, sometimes it's there and sometimes it isn't.

oh, and no I don't have a big stereo..

crap, I don't read very thoroughly Nope, not rotten eggs, so it can't be my cat
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u most likely ran over a bag and it melted somewhere under there
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Re: Strange burning smell...

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Hey guys, sometimes when I'm driving, I can smell this undescribable burning smell. Almost like burning oil or something, but not quite. It just doesn't smell very pleasant and makes me a little nauseas. Any idea what this problem is? Exhaust leak? Burnt oil?
Sounds like some good hydro
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Old 09-Sep-2003, 08:29 PM
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Re: Re: Strange burning smell...

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Sounds like some good hydro
ahahah

no it's not hydro

but if it was a plastic bag, how come the smell would be on and off? Wouldn't it just smell bad for a while until it was all melted?
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well, there aren't any plastic bags underneath the car that's been confirmed, so maybe exhaust leak?
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hm.... maybe it's a sign that another cylinder is going.....
lol..... dam a 1 cylinder car now...hahahha

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Old 09-Sep-2003, 11:37 PM
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did you do an oil change recently? maybe it's oil on the exhaust pipe from after changing the filter. it usually takes a few days to burn off and is accompanied by a smell.

there's also a chance that what you're smelling could be electrical, melting of wire insulation???

is this smell only in the passenger compartment or can you smell it when you open the hood?
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ya my buddy had a smelly burnt wire... which eventually caused a little engine bay fire.... hopefully its not that
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it's your clutch burning
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Originally posted by bbarbulo
it's your clutch burning

how can you be so sure
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dunno for sure, but a random nausiating smell is usually a clutch.
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STOP BURNING UR CLUTCH
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Originally posted by PunkInDrublic
ya my buddy had a smelly burnt wire... which eventually caused a little engine bay fire.... hopefully its not that

My G/F 's dads Grand Am burnt to the ground from this... I wish I could post pics (ill figure it out sometime...just lazy), cuz it was on the front page of the paper good pic too, thing was engulfed with flames and smoke...
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1 cylinder car can't do much harm. Don't worry, by the time the last cylinder is gone, no more smell, I can garantee that!

Wow, world's first single cylinder, 4 stroke vtecH
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it's your G/F!


maybe oil filter loose and leaking oil on exhaust???
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