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Old 05-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Not overheating but smells hot??

Started noticing a hot smell in the cab of my car the other day. Usually starts after I get at higher speeds. Car isn't running hot and there's no smoke in engine bay. No puddles either, other than the normal a/c condensation on ground. No leaks inside under dash as 2ell. Any ideas???
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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Started noticing a hot smell in the cab of my car the other day. Usually starts after I get at higher speeds. Car isn't running hot and there's no smoke in engine bay. No puddles either, other than the normal a/c condensation on ground. No leaks inside under dash as 2ell. Any ideas???
Could be anything but if its not leaking, smoking, over heating I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Do you have a Morison coolant tank? Cause if so it will produce the heated coolant smell
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Is your car a standard or auto? You could be smelling your clutch if your getting on it or brakes if your using them hard?
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Here's an off the wall idea. A few years back, I was driving my Corvette down the highway. A lawn fertilizer bag kicked up and stuck to my hot exhaust. I was forever getting that stupid thing off. Car smelled like burnt plastic every time I drove it.
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Here's an off the wall idea. A few years back, I was driving my Corvette down the highway. A lawn fertilizer bag kicked up and stuck to my hot exhaust. I was forever getting that stupid thing off. Car smelled like burnt plastic every time I drove it.
Ahh yes very good point! Happened to a friend and it smelt exactly like that.
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its an automatic. Im starting to thinking maybe it is either the clutch or the brakes. I had about 500 extra pounds in the car thanks to two passengers the other night and i pulled out from a gravel road at an incline to pull onto the highway and the car revved up high. I only notice the weird smell when the car gets up to temp.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:21 AM   #8
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Resevoir is the stock one. Transmission isnt skipping or hesitating as well.Fluid levels are on spot. No oil in coolant and no coolant in oil so its not a gasket. Car runs fine, just that hot smell is getting me paranoid. Im actual starting to smell the smell everywhere now lol
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[b]its an automatic.
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Autos dont have clutches....
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Ya I know lol. But I started thinking more an more and I do remember having a case that the water bottles come fly under my car and the smell is that of plastic. Gonna jack the car up and look under just to be safe though.
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