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Smell of burning rubber from under the hood, but no leakage of fluids

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Check that nothing has gotten against the exhaust mainfold.
Also check the belts and belt tensioners.
open the hood when its stinking and follow tour nose around till you get close to the problem

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Check your belts for cracks missing grooves, also may have a pulley siezing up possible A/C, P/S, Alternator etc. Check all hoses touching exhaust or any part of the engine.

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