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Lately I have been noticing a burning smell while driving around in my TH. I am at just over 1600 miles so I don't think it is the new car burn smell that you get for the first few miles.

The fluids and temperatures look fine so I am not really sure what it could be. Anyone got any ideas? I am guessing I should probably take it in to the dealer?
 

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What are any associated smells like? Ie electrical, rubber smell, oil smell etc?
 

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My heated steering wheel put of a faint odor similar to burning for a while, has gone away
 

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Most of the smells would be residue burning off from the production process, if it continues go see your dealer
 

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I had it even with over 2000+ miles, but can't seem to recall smelling it in the last few days. Probably will go away after a few weeks...
 

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I think it is more of an oil smell, but I thought the residue smell would go away after the first few hundred miles? I am at 1700 miles now and have only really noticed this recently. I'm taking it in to the shop tomorrow anyways since the check engine light came on this morning on the way to work :( I will update when I find out.
 

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I've noticed this when I get out of the car sometimes and it has me concerned, as well. I have around 1500 miles on mine.
 

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Mines just past 4000 miles and I noticed a slight burning smell as well, usually right after taking the exit from the freeway and rolling the windows down.
 

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Burning smells are not normal especially at 1000+ miles.
I have never had them with any new car.
I would think that the 1st time the car is run after manufacture, heated up would burn off residual.
I have experienced burn off on a new exhaust system install. But even that dissipates rather quickly as the labels burn off.
That needs to be checked out.
Could be simply a part that came loose and is touching a hot part, engine or exhaust system.
My opinion is that is not normal!
 

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this time of year after a long drive could be "well done mouse" :D

I can't think of any good reason it would smell after all those miles.....
 

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Guess I should post an update just in case anyone was wandering, apparently the oil filter housing was leaking which is what was causing the burning smell. It took them 3 or 4 days to get the part in but it is seems to be good now.
 

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If you are able, crawl under your vehicle, or take a peak under it from the back. My trailhawk had/has paper stickers on the exhaust in 3 places. I do get a hot/burning smell every once in a while too.
 

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My TH had the same smell at first. I have a auto lift at home, so I've been able to check it out top to bottom to find the cause. At first I suspected a dragging brake caliper, but that wasn't the case. I have concluded that the smell was a combo of many "new" car smells, exhaust papers/stickers, engine plastics baking and a wax type undercoat. At 3000 miles, the scent is gone.
 

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Burning smell is not uncommon in any cars. Engines always smell when they are hot and the smell gets intense if it is rev hard (above 4000 RPM). You notice this smell especially when the AC air is not in recirculated mode (this mode will recirculate the cabin air and will not draw the outside air). If you would like to drive in SPORT mode constantly revving the engine above 4000 RPM, you can put the air circulation to re-circulation mode to prevent the smell.
 

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Guess I should post an update just in case anyone was wandering, apparently the oil filter housing was leaking which is what was causing the burning smell. It took them 3 or 4 days to get the part in but it is seems to be good now.
This is the same problem I had. Unfortunately, my wife was the usual driver so I didn't ever get the smell. Didn't realize there was a problem until the check engine light came on (NOT the oil pressure light).
 

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Guess I should post an update just in case anyone was wandering, apparently the oil filter housing was leaking which is what was causing the burning smell. It took them 3 or 4 days to get the part in but it is seems to be good now.

Same issue on my car, must be a trainee working the gasket installation at the factory.:dodgy:
 

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Oil burning smell at 13,000 miles

I have almost 13,000 miles and just smelled it for the first time yesterday. We've done our own oil changes thus far. Does the vehicle need to go to the dealer for this or is it something we can fix at home?
 
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