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Burning rubber smell

After driving for a while and stopping I notice a slight burning rubber type smell coming from under the hood.

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A common cause of a smell like that is a coolant leak.Take a close look around the hoses,clamps, frost plugs and the water pump as it has a weep hole that will leek coolant if the seal is breached. Sometimes all you will see is a stain, but no coolant as small leeks boil away with the engines heat.
If a belt was burning it would be very noisy. The timing belt is cogged so slippage is unlikely. It is possible that a foreign object has gotten on the exhaust manifold like a plastic bag. One last thing I can think of is a wire or something touching a hot surface and melting. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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It sounds like your heater core is leaking. Check to see if you are losing coolant, are smell like antifreeze???? With 190,000-miles this could be what your smelling??? Just a though???

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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sounds like a plastic bag got a ride and melted to the exhaust

Posted on Jun 27, 2010

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You need to get a scanner hooked up to see what error code your computer has stored, and then go from there. (Most auto parts stores will do this for free)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010

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Look under the dash on the passenger side and under the hood more closely for burnt wires to the computer. If the computer has burnt wires to the instrument panel, then you found the problem.

Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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