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I have a jeep cherokee limited and sometimes when I got to start it, it shakes a little and then I get a burnt smell from the engine

Even when I put it in drive or reverse I get that burning smell and sometimes the engine light comes on but not always -- I recently changed my oxygen sensor

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  • Peonies Mar 30, 2014

    The sensor is brand new from just a couple of weeks ago -- do you still think that it can be the wiring to the sensor?? Also, the smell is one that you indicated, a burning oil smell coming from engine? Could this be the gasket?



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Check that the smell is not from the o2sensor wires burning on the exhaust system. This will also give other problem indications.

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  • Peonies Mar 29, 2014

    Thank you Bill for your comment -- I went to Tuffy Auto and they changed my o2sensor just about 1 month ago and then they did a test with the codes and all was fine -- so I'm now thinking that it may be coming from my engine?? What are your thoughts Bill?

  • Bill Boyd Mar 29, 2014

    I notice that you have not checked the wiring yet to the sensor. When you select a gear and put a load on the engine it shakes so that indicates a misfire under load. That can be from either electrical--coils--HT leads or injectors---fuel pressure--injectors. Shaking engines are allowed to do so from worn,loose engine mounts and that tends to shake wiring looms and that means a wire can be touching a hot engine part anywhere. The burnt engine smell is too vauge to assess as smells from an engine are distinct as in boiling coolant smell,burning oil smell or burning plastic smell or running rich smell which is an unburnt petrol smell along with a carbon smell. I cannot smell it here but you can so now that you know which smell it is it narrows down the area in which to look for your problem

  • Peonies Mar 30, 2014

    The sensor is brand new --- do you still think it would be the wiring? Also, the smell is one that you indicated a burning oil smell, could this be the gasket? Thank you

  • Bill Boyd Mar 30, 2014

    It is common for people to not use the correct tools for removing and replacing the 02 sensors and twist up the wires until they break internally. Check that the wires are not touching a heat source Oil smell indicates leaking gaskets that are running down onto a manifold. As the engine system has to be sealed for correct operation then the gasket may be your problem



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