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Car has a burning smell, is it transmission fluid being low or something else

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Car engines have a lot of sources for burning smell. IF the car is not moving then you can rule out it being transmission related. If it is moving it could be clutch (on manual transmissions) Clutch packs in the transmission on automatic models, brake pads, bearings etc. It could also be catalytic converters if the engine is out of tune, it could be manifold for the exhaust too.

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Most likely overheating from a lack of coolant
low transmission oil levels are shown as-- will not drive , jerky shifting or the like

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