"check engine" code on, also "trac off". Exhaust smells like it is burning oil? (maybe). Had a little trouble starting up this morning, but it started right up when I tried it later - just kind of jerky and puttering. I felt like the acceleration isn't as good as usual and traction not grabbing. Didn't push it over 15 MPH, just in case. Any help would be greatly appeciated - DH out of town until Thursday
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Check your rocker cover gaskets for any signs of oil leaks. Oil leaking from your engine can contact the exhaust headers, or other hot parts of the engine and can burn, resulting in smoking and a burning smell.
Sounds like a fouled O2 sensor. Dripping water from the tailpipe is caused by the Catalytic converter cooling and condensing, and is usually considered normal. Have someone rev the engine while you check the exhaust for flow at the tailpipe and it should push your hand back. If not, your exhaust pipe has a clog. This MAY be the cat, but can also be a rotted resonator.
Check carefully around the valve covers, this is the area that leaks most frequently occur, and being located next to the exhaust manifold can easily cause the burning smell. There is a very easy to replace gasket under the cover. Other possibilities, shop or you when changed or added oil spilled a bit and that has worked down to the exhaust manifold and is causing the burnt oil smell. Last possibility is that you do have a slow leak on the underside of the engine that is blowing back onto the exhaust system causing the smell.
ok there is a difference between the check engine light and service vehicle soon light. The service vehicle soon light comes on when a bulb is out on the daytime running lights. Check your bulbs if there is one out and you put a new one in it will most likely take car of problem.