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Old 06-14-2011, 11:05 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Whats good fam, I need some help here everytime I drive up a hill I start to smell something burning and when I pull over to check under the hood I dont see any smoke.
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Next time you smell it, try checking all around your car not just under the hood. Maybe it's not coming from the engine bay. I don't have any ideas what it could be, but maybe you'll be able to determine a better location of the source of the smell.
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My brother recently had to replace the gasket on the oil filter because it was causing a small leak that would let oil drip against the exhaust. You could start there. Check the frame for oil that may drip as well to find a trace back to the leak.
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Yup sounds like a oil leak somewhere which gets cooked and smells burnt. lol
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:35 AM   Thread Starter #5
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Oh ok but if it was an oil leak wouldn't I smell it everytime I drive
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Are you positive it is a burning smell? You say you smell something burning when you drive up hill. Can you try to determine if it is oil, electrical, or bakelite smell.

I had a car that smelled to me like oil burning when ever the sunroof was open. I took a good whiff in the open sunroof and determined it was actually a musty smell from moisture.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:47 AM   Thread Starter #7
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Definitely burning smell but might be the oil, it just crazy cause I only smell it when im going up the hill could it be my oil filter I kniw that needs changing
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You also say when you pull over you don't see any smoke. It may not be enough oil to notice smoke. Do you smell the burning when you open the hood?

Is your engine compartment real dirty? If so you may have a hard time locating a small leak or drip of oil.
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Default Re: Burning Smell

Burning oil has a distinct smell, as does an electrical/wire burn. Stuck pistons/calipers will cause a burning brake smell...again, it's pretty distinct. What exactly does the burning smell smell like?
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it could be the oil pressure switch, or the O-ring oil filter leaking,

could be as simple as the valve covers leaking ? since your going up hill , it may be coolant burning on the exhuast.

if oil does leak on the exhuast you will get some smoke, right now your getting a burning smell, so it dissolves away quick , unless your driving and NOT seeing the smoke.

its best to inspect all over the engine bay top to bottom and check for wet spots.
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put the car on jack stands after a drive and inspect the bottom of the engine bay. check for the oil leaks, and also check your exhaust or y-pipe for either leaks or oil deposits.
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Have you had your oil changed recently??
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^^^ That's what I thought too. Maybe check for a small puddle. One time I thought I had a leak on my older car. I put a piece of cardboard under there and sure enough I had a spot of coolant on there. Try that.
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any news??
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Any update @B!gred ?
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