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Old 10-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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I got almost 26k miles on my 2012 and I still get a hot smell when I get on it, I suppose I smell it when the RPMs hit over 4k or so. Is that clutch the clutch that smells hot?

It doesn't last long,
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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do you smell it while you're IN the cabin of your car, or when you're outside your car?
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Sounds like the title to an old Lynyrd Skynyrd song
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:05 PM   #4
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Haha, hot smell.. Sorry not trying to laugh at you just sounded funny... Does it smell like plastic burning, metal melting, can you relate it to another smell?.. Does it happen after every time you drive or just more spirited drives?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:29 AM   #5
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I smell it in the cabin only when winding it up.. Spirited. And the smell is some where like hot fluid ir or plastic. Not really sure.
I do know i need to rev it over 4000 rpm.

I think it is comming from under the hood and being sucked into the ventilation system...
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Hmmm, did you spill anything under your hood recently.. Change fluids recently?.. Sounds liie something is just being burned off when you get the engine hot.. It's no uncommon to smell certain things after a spirited drive where the underhood temps get high.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:30 AM   #7
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as soon as you smell it next time, maybe stop the car immediately and see what drips? just a thought at helping to solve the mystery. im at 17,000 miles and my clutch still smells sometimes (but that's my own fault when i am shifting roughly).
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:11 PM   #8
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At this point I am thinking I only smell it when the AC is on, which is most of the time, although it finally started cooling off here.

This morning I hit the freeway with no AC on and I felt the need to out throttle one of those people that deliberately wont let you change lanes even when you just trying to get on the freeway. So anyways I had the RMPs up over 4k for a good little bit, more then usual, normally I run out of road. But to my surprise there was no hot smell at all, I had the Fan on but not the AC.

So naturally I am thinking it has something to do with the AC being on and revving up the motor.

I don't see any sign of spilled or dripping fluids so far, I have not seen any smoke or vapor.

Most of the time when I wind up the motor it is for a real short period of time and it usually only involves a 2-3 shifts, so that kind of makes me hesitate to assume it is the clutch.

I am pretty sure the smell is not metallic.

I am pretty sure that it's not "Whiskey bottles" Smells
It might be a little bit " brand new cars " smell
So far there is no "Oak tree you're in my way "
So far "There's NOT too much c$$$ and NOT too much smoke "
"Look what's going on inside you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
"
And lets hope that it is NOT "The smell of death surrounds you"
So I am ruling out the Lynyrd Synyrd scenario for now.

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At this point I am thinking I only smell it when the AC is on, which is most of the time, although it finally started cooling off here.

This morning I hit the freeway with no AC on and I felt the need to out throttle one of those people that deliberately wont let you change lanes even when you just trying to get on the freeway. So anyways I had the RMPs up over 4k for a good little bit, more then usual, normally I run out of road. But to my surprise there was no hot smell at all, I had the Fan on but not the AC.

So naturally I am thinking it has something to do with the AC being on and revving up the motor.

I don't see any sign of spilled or dripping fluids so far, I have not seen any smoke or vapor.

Most of the time when I wind up the motor it is for a real short period of time and it usually only involves a 2-3 shifts, so that kind of makes me hesitate to assume it is the clutch.

I am pretty sure the smell is not metallic.

I am pretty sure that it's not "Whiskey bottles" Smells
It might be a little bit " brand new cars " smell
So far there is no "Oak tree you're in my way "
So far "There's NOT too much c$$$ and NOT too much smoke "
"Look what's going on inside you
Ooooh that smell
Can't you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
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And lets hope that it is NOT "The smell of death surrounds you"
So I am ruling out the Lynyrd Synyrd scenario for now.
LOL! Good comeback. Great song from a great band though.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:31 AM   #10
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I sure miss Skynyrd!
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Cool 2012 auto smells

I have a 2012 automatic. when I kick in the passing your on the highway and get on it it smells like its breaking in burning. My AC is on as well usually. I just thought it was breaking in. I can't tell if it's the trans...mission or the engine though... I just hit over 10,000 miles, but it still happens once... in awhile... my 06 GT never smelled like that... I just figured it did not like to be beat on..weak ford. It is surprisingly fast for a v-6 though....
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #12
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If it was a GT and you were getting on it, you'd stop breathing. Maybe that's why us GT owners never mention that problem...

If you haven't totally burned off the factory protective coating on the exhaust and other components, it's possible that you're doing so at higher RPM's = higher temps.
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I took my Mustang in to the dealer to have the Trans Fluid changed based on the TSB 11-11-1. After they changed it I don't get that smell any more. So there you go.

Anyways this is the 3rd dealer I have dealt with since I have been buying cars and I have been nothing but disappointed buy the service department in all 3 dealerships. They always apologies politely for screwing up but they never really do anything to win my business and even if they did I am pretty sure they would just screw up again.
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reposting the following quote from here or another site.. forget where i read it but i did save it since i have the same smell in my 2012 auto when i have the ac on recirculate and punch the gas pedal. rpm up to 5k-6k range and it's very noticable

"Guys.... I just found this post from a customer in a Ford Explorer Blog. He appears to be having the same issue with the 2011 explorer. His theory of the cause of the problem makes a lot more sense than the nonsense answers I have got from my dealer and Ford Customer support:

"This not a case of the engine burning relative amounts of oil. This smellis from vented crankcase fumes. Which include oil vapor, and any combusted but not completely combusted fuel that manages to "blow by" the piston rings during the combustion cycle in the cylinders. These fumes are piped from the crankcase section of the block and re-routed back to the intake manifold to be re-burnt in the combustion chamber. This provides cleaner emissions for the engine. How these fumes or gases reach the passenger cabin under aggressive acceleration is the issue. This type of emissions solution is used on
most gasoline engines today, and this is the first time I have ever smelled this inside a passenger cabin of any car or truck I have driven. This smell will not go away with engine break in or many thousands of miles on it. There is always some amount of "blow by" in internal combustion engines, and you will always smell this under aggressive acceleration, until the root cause is found and addressed. This is part of the emissions solution package for the engine design, and being that emissions are regulated by the Federal government, this could be a serious issue to have vapors intended to be re-burnt in the engine to pass emission requirements, escaping into the environment from what should be a closed system. Then again I could be wrong about this, as I have no proof yet. But it is a logical conclusion based on the what we know about emission solutions for gasoline engines. I am pretty sure there is a problem with some sort of check valve solution on this system, as it only happens during high rpm operation where the internal crankcase atmospheric pressure reachs high levels, as does the vacuum pressure in the intake manifold. If you want to experience the smell without the aggressive acceleration, with the motor at operating temperature, but not running, remove the oil cap and take a wiff."
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I get this smell on occasion myself & plan to service the tranny soon to see if that helps. I want a really good fluid to replace the oem.
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I get it on occasion too. always after I've engaged the clutch at a higher rev than normal. I figured it was the clutch engaging.
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I thought the smell was gone and it is NOT... I guess it was a fluke that I did not notice it for a few days after the Trans Service.

That article on crank case gases getting vented some how into the cabin makes as much sense as any idea I have heard or came up with. I am thinking about talking to the service manager at the local dealer and see if he can come up with something. The service department might surprise me and come up with something, I would like to give them a chance to demonstrate that they are more than low grade parts changers who are over paid, disorganized and unable to dial a phone.
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