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Old 11-26-2013, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Car Smelling Burned Rubber

For four weeks I have noticing on my wife's Suzuki Forenza a smell of burning rubber specially when she come from street and park the car in my garage.
At the beginning I thought that it was from a misaligned front tires and then I checked tires to see if it was hot. I had tires aligned because it was really misaligned but the smell still the same.
I just after car park in the garage I opened the engine hood to possibly find the source or location from where the smell was coming from. All hoses are OK, the driving belt is OK and, as far I know there are not other rubber parts other than the time belt. I almost touched my long nose there but the smell there are nothing significant to justify the smell that I feel when car come to the garage.
All my tires were just installed one week ago but this smell was there before tires be replaced. I am confused and not happy with this smell and trying hard to find it.
Please give me some help.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check the around exhaust system starting at the manifold and working your way back. Something may be lodged against it or some wire insulation touching it, maybe a loose exhaust pipe hanger is laying on/against the exhaust pipe, etc.
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Are the exhaust pipes supported by rubbed material?
I also noticed that the same smell is sometimes noticed at open sky.
The smell is never noticed from inside of the car.
I will take a look on the areas that you suggested.
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do you notice it more when your doing something in the car , like turning on the heater or directionals? i would also check the wheel wells. make sure nothing is rubbing or that the liner hasent come loose and is rubbing the tire. turn the wheels to one side then inspect the wheel well than the other. is it time to change the timing belt yet? maybe one of the pulleys? hows the coolant level? let us know if you find anything or not
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Coolant level is OK, I see nothing touching the walls of the tires or tires liners.
The smell started for no reason and I noticed it when my wife parked the car in my garage.
I checked around the entire engine, hoses, clamps, and wires and found nothing damaged. I checked when car is coming from any drive to get the engine running and hot.
I believe that the next step will be removal of the time belt cover and see if find something there. If any other suggestion,please write to me.
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Nyko46 what year is the car? is it an 05-07? if so was the headlight recall ever done? it was the recall to fix a splice pack behind the gauges. also in the back by the muffler check underneath and make sure the muffler isnt heating any of the surrounding parts. also and this might sound strange but, check all the exhaust pipes and make sure theres no spots with melted plastic on them. sometimes while driving or when parking the hot exhaust can pick up a plastic bag. it gets stuck to the hot pipes and just sits there melts and smells. its not always easy to see.
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Yes the car is a 2005 and had a recall for headlights but I sent the car to dealer about this recall and the dealer said that it was everything OK. The smell is noticed all around of the car but stronger at in the front of the car. About the time belt, since it have a cover, how come any stranger material will get in there?
From inside of the car no one smell is noticed. What this car have and is going worse is the oil leak from the valve cover but I don't believe that oil would smell like rubber.
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i dont think any outside material would get under the timing cover but it may be possible i guess. did you look on the exhaust for melted plastic? have you looked at the fans and made sure there working correctly?
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I see nothing in the exhaust pipes and also in the fans but the smell is more strong i the engine compartment. Around the car also smell but less than the engine area. Before change and aligning front tires and changing rear tires the smell was present and it continued as it was before.
All hoses and serpentine belt is in good condition. As I said previously the only abnormal thing that this car have is a oil coming from the valve cover that is dripping to the bottom of the engine but oil does not smell like rubber.
I will trying to find from where this smell is coming.
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well the best thing to do since you cant find anything visually is to take the car in to a mechanic and tell him about the smell and that you cant identify where its coming from. let them take a look and see what they can find. something like this is really hard to figure out without actually seeing the car itself.
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