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When you drive it you can smell oil when it gets hot

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Either oil is dripping on ur exhaust pipe and u smell it burning! Or Ur blowback oil/gas is the one ur smelling at, usually on top of ur engine valve cover there is a breather outlet connected with hose and goes thru the air claner housing! The hose might have cracks or been disconnected, check on that! Hope that might help you!

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It could be the valve cover gasket.

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