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My 2003 escape XLT smells like something is burning but there are no signs of anything

Not an oil smell but some other fluid burning smell. No signs of leaks or alarms or indicator lights, just weird smell.

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Check the wheels for excess heat by feeling the rims are they hot..is there a sweet sort of odor(usually associated with antifreeze) and it will send up small plumes of smoke usually steam or white in color..check power steering also..does the car shift ok when running..transmission fluid gets cooled in the radiator in most models..there are plastic ducts that are close to heat sources in some models also..some of these were to be removed by dealers after break-in mileage was achieved but never messed with on some cars.. this caused underhood fires and was a recall item on some models..check for recalls on yours and see if anything matches.. good luck and repost findings..

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Diagnosing this will be subject to a process of elimination. It could be the radio, blower motor or any other accessory particularly ones with moving parts; Try switching those off and try to note when this problem occurs and what is on/whatyou are doing. Something is getting hot causing the smell so it will be a situation where the accessory will have to run a while before doing it. It is a possibility that there is an electical curcuit overheating, but less likely. Lets rule out accessories first and give us an update. GL

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SOURCE: 2003 Saturn, DOHC V6, burning smell in interior after car warms.

if the smell only comes on when the heater is on try pulling the blower motor mice like to build nests in the blower motor housing.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: what is the smell and does it have to be fixed?

A burning rubber smell under the hood might be just that - consider having your accessory drive belt inspected, as it is possible that a bearing in one of the accessories (alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, etc.) or in the tensioner mechanism might be failing. This sort of fault will often cause that particular accessory bearing to spin less freely than the others, and as a result the belt continues to pass over the associated pulley at the same speed as the engine. Essentially, the result is similar to a car spinning its tires on dry pavement - and a similar 'burning rubber' odor is the friction and heat of the rubberized belt.

If the odor is more like burning oil than burning rubber, the rear valve cover gasket is situated in a place that results in dripping oil, even small and unnoticable amounts, onto the exhaust manifold that is directly underneath the valve cover.

These two items might be places to start your inquiry. Best of luck to you!

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 ford taurus antifreeze smell burning, see

u have a leak and its driping on your engine.fix it

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probably not. put aluminum seal in the cooling system and top off antifreeze. you may need a hose or fitting from where you are decribing the leak. if the leak stops with the sealant you are good to go. otherwise take it to a shop and they will tell you. do not tell them you think it is a head gasket.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009

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After two years of garage storage, I have put my 2002 Escape XLT (3.0 6 cyl auto trans) back in service. Changed the oil (with a new oil pan to fix a leak) and replaced the fuel sensing module. When I...


Hello

After a car has been in storage like this it is not UNCOMMON for it to have wierd smells. For lack of a better term "GOO" from the world, a bird that liked an unseen part of the engine block, the little mouse house inside the air filter, and a host of other things find there way on to things that get hot. I would drive it for a week or so before worrying.

I had a lady come to me once saying that she kept smelling a camp fire when she drove. When I popped the hood, it was packed with leaves, so anything is possible in this world I suppose.

I would also park the truck on some card board and see if you find any drips when you take off in the morning. Anyhow, I suspect that you have some kind of crud near something that gets hot and it will burn itself off soon.

Best of luck and welcome back to your car!

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