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Burning rubber smell inside car-2003 CTS Cadillac

I own a 2003 Cadillac CTS, and have started to smell a rubber burning odor in the car. I can't see any smoke when I open the hood, and don't hear anything unusual.

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  • evillaf Feb 04, 2009

    I have had the same problem, but it doesn't happen all of the time.

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    I HAVE MULTIPLE MISFIRES AND THE CAR IDLES VERY ROUGH.

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    driver side door does not open

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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

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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  • west247sport Oct 27, 2010

    I have the same problem, just when I turn on the heat.

  • 03caddy Dec 05, 2010

    I also have this problem, in the winter when you have the heat on. Now, I've noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Has anyone found a solution to this problem. 2003 Cadillac CTS.

  • ceroy57 Jun 02, 2011

    My 03 cts did this and the smellw as most noticeable in the winter with the heat on. it turned out to be a bad seal that was causing a very slight oil leak. the smell was the oil dripping down onto the exhaust or something else hot and burning. check your oile level!! see if it is slowly leaking. It is supposedly a known problem with the car. Hope this is helpful for someone..

  • Dave Eppley Oct 30, 2012

    I too experienced this problem after the Cadillac dealership over filled my engine oil during a routine oil change. They wanted $550 to replace the two valve cover gaskets where the oil was leaking. I purchased the parts for $35.00 and spent three hours replacing them following the Chilton instructions available online from my local library.

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