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Battery visit workshop light & burnt Oder.

Can I drive the car? What would cause the burning smell?

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Maybe the alternator is burnt out or siezed causing the belt to slip and burn
I would not advise to drive

Posted on Jan 02, 2015


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SOURCE: how do you cancel red battery warning light on SL350 2004

to answer you question directly: srew out the bulb. but that dos only hlep the short time, since your car will stop working soon.

i hop your question meant how to solve that issue what is causing this to light up.

Usualy this is a problem at or near the generator. The gen dos no longer produce enough electricity to run the car and the car is currently satisfying his needs from the battery, draining it.

the cause can be a defective gen, a devective regulation unit, a loose or broken cable or a bad contact. usually i would review the cables and check the gen and regulator with a voltmeter. usualy the cause pops up then.

Posted on May 29, 2009


Marvin Thornbrue

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SOURCE: 2001 c240 battery/alternator - visit workshop light

This is normally a low voltage from the alternator condition. Hook a voltmeter to the battery and note the reading. Should be 11.6vdc to 12.2vdc. Start the car, after a minute or so it should be around 13 to 14 vdc., if not then the alternator may be bad

Posted on Jan 09, 2010


Jamie Campbell

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SOURCE: The battery alternator visit workshop

Have the alternator output verified by a tester. Alternators don't always fail 100%, sometimes they keep charging, but at reduced capacity. A bad diode, winding, or brush is all it takes. It may work fine until you start running lots of accessories, then drain the battery badly.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011

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SOURCE: 2004 E270 CDI Battery light visit workshop

I had the same problem in me 2004 cdi e270. Check the voltage going to the battery when the car engine is on. Stedy charge of 12v should be going in to the battery, if the voltage is volitale say between 11v to 14v then it your Regulator (which is attached to the backend of the alternator). You need to change alternator and then unplug all the batteries over night and re plug them back again. The problem should go away.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011

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2007 Pontiac torrent husband forgot to put the battery cover on when we were driving the car shut off there was a burning smell lots of different lights flashed car won't start can't get codes...

Key is the burning smell - something got toasted in there. Fraid all you can do is individually check out all electrical systems and components that make engine run - ignition, fuel.

And look for burnt out fuses to give you an idea of where the problemo might just be.

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My car all of a sudden would not go forward in drive. I got home in 3rd gear. Now won't reverse. There is plenty of transmission fluid that does not smell burnt. Any suggestions?

There is definite issue with the drive train. To start check if the gear selector from lever to wire working properly of not.
I didn't understand the meaning of plenty of transmission fluid that does not smell burnt ? ... do you mean leakage or u can smell it burning ? ... I dont think transmission fuel can burn like that ... if it is leakage than don't drive it ... consult a workshop asap and since it is 1995 car it might cost you more money than the actual worth of the car... still there is no harm in consulting someone.

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I have a 2000 eclipse gs, I wired up an aftermarket jvc stereo system, even added amp and subs, it drives fine and has given me no problems for months...than suddenly the radio started randomly shutting...

I'll give you the correct answer, but I know you're not going to want to hear it.
Every step you did, following discovery of the first blown fuse, was the wrong thing to do, and made a simple short in wiring (or internal short in the radio or amp) now a major electrical issue.
When a fuse blows, that is telling you that there is a short somewhere "upstream" of that fuse. With the burnt wiring or burnt electronics smell, that typically is due to using a fuse (or wiring circuit) that has far greater amp rating than the gauge of wiring or devices that are connected to that fuse/circuit. Once you smell anything burnt, the simple short has now spread and increased in electrical damage.

You basically forced the electrical system to do far more damage by disconnecting the battery, replacing the under hood fuse, and forcing current/electricity to a shorted out wiring circuit or shorted component (radio or amp). People always make the fatal mistake of disregarding what a fuse is intended for, and what it should tell you, and they try to force faulty/damaged wiring or equipment to work by repeatedly shoving new fuses back in (frequently with higher amp rating). This makes what started as a simple problem, much much worse.

Now, your first step in repair/recovery is to completely remove the amp and radio, inspect each thoroughly (and smell each for burnt smell), but more importantly examine every inch of EVERY wire that leads to these 2 units all the way from the underhood fuse box to the components themselves (not easy, as you know). I suspect there may be a loom of wires that now has a major short with burnt/melted insulation.

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Look under the dash on the passenger side and under the hood more closely for burnt wires to the computer. If the computer has burnt wires to the instrument panel, then you found the problem.

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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!

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The "rotten-egg" smell is caused indirectly by the catalytic converter. The main cause is a rich mixture condition from the engine. Your SUV is equipped with a computer controlled engine management system. You can scan your computer for fault or error codes. The information should pinpoint the malfunctioning components. There is an alternate reason for the rotten egg smell. this also can be caused by a over charged battery. if so, make sure the alternator isn't overcharging the battery cell. it will boil the contents causing the egg smell. I recommend a diagnostic run to make sure what this problem is.

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