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Oil smell after i park my jeep.when i walk in front of it it smells like oil. do i need gaskets

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If you see oil leaking yes, it not try changing your pcv valve, 3-4 bucks. if it stops up it can create an oil smell.

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Burning smell inside car. Not under hood. What could it be?


I had the same problem with my 2005 Honda Accord. I would happen only sometime but is a distant odor I smell from inside the cabin. Older Hondas sometimes have gasket problems that leak small amounts of oil onto the exhaust manifold. Ask the mechanic to go check the valve cover gaskets. They replaced a new gasket to my car at the Honda dealer and I haven't smelled that burning odor since then. Good luck.

Jul 21, 2014 | 2005 Honda Accord

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Theres a smell of gear oil in the cab when driving.What could it be?


(1) motor oil only smells when its being burned.
(2) the output of the air ducts is in front of the gear shift area.
So, I'm thinking that you have an oil leak in the engine compartment (which may be dripping onto the exhaust system), and the oil has found a hot part of the engine/exhaust, and the smell of heated oil is wafting through the cabin air filter into the passenger compartment through the air ducts in the middle of the dash to just above the gear shift area.
If my theory is correct, you should be able to re-route the burned oil odor by changing the setting of your air ducts by changing the setting from its current setting to a "defrost-type" setting, wherein air entering the passenger compartment comes from the ducts below the windshield, rather then entering through the openings at the center of the console.
Ultimately, your fix will be to locate and resolve the oil leak.

Here's your list of possible culprits for the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect - Valve Cover Gasket -- Valve Cover Gasket Leaking Oil.
2 Inspect - Oil Filler Cap -- Oil Filler Cap Damaged or Missing.
3 Inspect - PCV Valve -- Plugged or Damaged PCV Valve.
4 Inspect - Oil Pan Gasket -- Leaking Oil Pan Gasket.
5 Inspect - Head Gasket -- Leaking Head Gasket.
6 Inspect - Oil Pump - divided O-ring or Oil Pump Gasket

If the odor really is gear oil (aka transmission fluid) and not motor oil, then there's a leak coming from the automatic transmission/manual transaxle.
Look under the transmission after the car has been parked awhile, and look for a reddish oil spot/blot/pool. transmission fluid is dyed red just for the purpose of differentiation from other automotive lubricants. You can assist the process of color differentiation by putting newspaper under the vehicle once it's been parked for the night.
Placing enough newspaper may also keep your Pathfinder from depositing a nearly-impossible-to-remove oil stain onto your garage floor overnight.
If you already have an oil stain on the floor, try a spray can of engine degreaser first. Citrus degreaser next.

Oct 20, 2011 | 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

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2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 135,000. 3 issues. 1). I have a small oil leak somewhere, I check the levels but never seem to need to add any. I smell burnt oil when I walk by the vehicle after driving. 2)....


on the oil leak issue, i would check the valve covers to see if the oil is coming from there, these have a tendecy to leak on high mileage vehichles, also check the oil sending unit, i believe this is located close to your oil filter, also, check the oil pan gasket for leakage, some of these leak in the front of the pan, under the water pump area, on the coolant issue, check all of the hose connections to make sure it is not leaking from 1 of them, if they check out ok, i would check the oil on the oil dip stick to make sure that it is not foamy, or whiteish looking, if so, coolant is getting into the oil, this could be a blown head gasket, or intake manifold gasket leaking, or cracked cylinder, hope that this information has helped you, and also hope that the problem is a minor one to fix.

Mar 17, 2011 | 2001 Jeep Cherokee

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I have a 1998 jeep grand cherokee 5.9 v8. i am finding myself getting antifreeze probably every two weeks to three weeks, but i can smell it in my exhaust. also it almost has a burning rubber smell to it...


Your head gasket is bad,thus the smell of antifreeze in exhaust,,,,,,,check your oil,,you might have what looks like milky color mixed with oil,,,,that would be water there too.

Mar 16, 2011 | Jeep Grand Cherokee Cars & Trucks

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2004 Jeep Liberty it pasing oil an prestone that just apend onse


is it leaking, or burning in the combustion chamber? Comming out the tail pipe? Blue smoke is oil, white smoke is water, black smoke is carbon. Smell your exaust; smell like "prestone"? Does the engine over heat? My guess would be a bad head gasket. Is the oil a light brown color?

Jan 17, 2010 | 2004 Jeep Liberty

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I stopped for fuel yesterday and minutes after driving I could smell oil/gas? I stopped and put oil in sae5-30 and minutes later I could still smell oil??? Today I drove to work (20 miles) and didn't smell...


If you had to add oil, more then likely there an oil leak could be a gasket or oil seal, where ever the leak is at it's falling on the exhaust manifold and burning the oil, that's what you smell. Have it check cause low oil will damage you engine.

Jan 08, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Engine smells like rubber burning and temperature gauge at normal temperature. Water/coolant leaking out of reservoir and needs to be filled ever 2 days. Oil level is normal, but when it's hot outside the...


Generally that smell is caused by an oil leak that is getting on either the exhaust pipe or manifold (doesn't take much to smell). As far as bottle getting low, I've got a 93 that never stays full but only needs coolant in the radiator about once every two months. Been like that for two or three years and has never overheated. I'm sure there is a small leak somewhere, but I'm not driving myself crazy looking for it. Check all hose connections, and look on the ground after being parked overnight...If it's leaking, something will show up. But if the radiator is staying full, just check it when checking oil level.

Jul 13, 2009 | 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My 1990 jeep cheerokee oil smells like theres gas in it


yes it could be but you should be getting oil in to the chamber also check your tail pipe if you have white smoke coming out that is oil if it is black that is to much fuel if you are getting alot of water then you definetlty have a bad head gasket you will get some water that is condensation built up in side the muffler but that should burn off quick have somebody hit the gas pedal while you watch the tail pipe if it starts blowing water then it is without doubt good luck hope for the best but prepare for the worst let me know if you need more help

Jun 25, 2009 | 1990 Jeep Cherokee Limited

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