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2001 jeep smells like burnt wire in the cabin

What would cause 2001 Jeep GC to smell like burnt wire in the cabin after hard acceleration. Where should I start looking? Anyone have a similar problem?

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  • v_b_colella Feb 02, 2010

    After further investgating: The AC Clutch is not kicking on in a/c AND/OR defrost mode.

    No other electrical issues but this one. Strongest oder is on the passenger side firewall and blower motor area.

    It's a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD.

  • v_b_colella Feb 02, 2010

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    it smells of stagnant water when driven hard

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That smell may be related to an oil leak burning off on an exhaust manifold or pipe. Since you did not report any electrical malfunctions, I'd check that first. When working the engine harder it gets hotter and you will therefore smell the burning more than when just normally driving. I can't see your vehicle so don't give me a bad rating if I'm wrong, but I'd look there first!

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

  • Richard Scordino Feb 02, 2010

    pretty sure there are a couple of relays behind the glovebox on that...(have one in the driveway but not going to pull it apart to look)
    Take a look in there and you may find something burnt.


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