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Every time I come to a stop the 2002 Tarus smells like rubber burning. Had it looked at from several mechanics.

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Check to ensure you do not have oil dripping on the exhaust pipe. You will see discoloration from oil burning off. How can you tell it is white smoke by the smell? White vapor is usually water perhaps you have an antifreeze leak. Check your brakes, they can heat up and smell funny. I am sure you have checked the belts by now.

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Is there a squealing noise like the pulley may have locked up? Make sure you don't have wiring getting hot.Check all areas near the exhaust and at the firewall area where the EGR piping comes off the exhaust.
Make sure nothing is laying against the exhaust or catalytic converter. don-ohio

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