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raivin01 asked this question 8 years, 6 months ago:

Car Smell Question

We have a weird smell coming from our car. When we go to the base or do most driving, the car is fine. But everytime we drive back home, we notice a smell coming from the rear of the car. We have stopped halfway home and there was no smell. But once we get to the house and park, we smell it. It's like a hot/burnt rubber smell. The tires do not feel hot and I don't feel excessive heat near the brakes.

We have an appointment with the car place on the base on the 31st, however, when my husband called to make the apppointment, the guy on the phone mentioned that several people have brought their vehicle in for this same problem and they have yet to pinpoint the problem. So now I'm wondering if I should even waste my time and money to take it there.

Does anyone else have this problem or know what this could be? We do have to drive up a steep, winding road to get to our house. Is this smell normal or should I be worried?



8 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like you may be straining your engine going up the hill. I am not a mechanic, but I would suggest an oil/filter change using good quality (synthetic) oil and a good filter. Also make sure all of the car fluids are topped off, including brake, coolant/anti-freeze, transmission, etc.

Also, take it slow going up that hill on the way home and see if you still have the same problem.

I'm just guessing here, but since you don't ever have the odor until you get home, the strain of that hill seems to be a clue.

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raivin01
8 years, 6 months ago

We just had the oil changed and tires rotated about two weeks ago - our car got here on the 27th of December. We don't go fast up the hill - we actually can't because of how narrow and curvy it is. I realize the car is probably straining to get up the steep hill, but why would the smell come from the rear of the car. I know next to nothing about cars - what is in the back that could cause that kind of smell??

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by raivin01:
We just had the oil changed and tires rotated about two weeks ago - our car got here on the 27th of December. We don't go fast up the hill - we actually can't because of how narrow and curvy it is. I realize the car is probably straining to get up the steep hill, but why would the smell come from the rear of the car. I know next to nothing about cars - what is in the back that could cause that kind of smell??


Have you checked for a dead body in the trunk? ;)

Native
8 years, 6 months ago

As a former car mechanic I would say the problem is somewhere near the brakes.

We do have to drive up a steep, winding road to get to our house. Is this smell normal or should I be worried?


I doubt any road here could be steep and winding enough to make a car smell like burnt rubber. Might be some minor issue, but it does not make driving much more comfortable (I guess...).

We have stopped halfway home and there was no smell. But once we get to the house and park, we smell it.


Might be a silly question, but are you sure the smell is coming from the car?

raivin01
8 years, 6 months ago

Yes, I am sure the smell is coming from the car. As you get out of the car you can smell it, and the closer I get to the back of the car, it smells worse. I guess I'll keep the appointment for the 31st and see if there is something the mechanic can find. I'm at a loss and I don't want to be stranded somewhere if there is a serious problem. I have a couple of appointments to go to next week, but other than that I think I will just limit my driving until I have it looked at.

8 years, 6 months ago

I am going to pass your question on to a friend of mine in Miami who is a mechanic. When I get his response, I will post it here.

Also, is your car, by any chance, a hybrid?

raivin01
8 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, I appreciate that. No, it is not a hybrid. It's an AWD Pontiac Torrent (SUV) if that helps.

8 years, 6 months ago

My friend asked if it is a standard transmission? If so, he says you may be riding the clutch plate because that smell would most likely come from the back.

Other than that, my friend asked what else changed for your car? Driving conditions is the only thing you mention.

raivin01
8 years, 6 months ago

It's an automatic (I can't drive a stick shift). It's a 2007 and I bought it new so we are the only owners/drivers. We have always done the oil change at 3,000 miles and rotated the tires every other time. It has never been in an accident or had any work done on it except to re-paint the trim on the doors due to parking lot dings and dents (which was done last summer in the states).

I'm not sure how familiar you are with the area. We live in Föckelberg, about halfway up the Potzberg Mountain (according to our landlord). We came from a place that had the 4 seasons so it's used to snow and ice. But most of the areas we lived or traveled in the states were pretty flat. It just seems odd to me that going up the steep hill would cause such a horrible smell. I'm at a complete loss. I can't think of anything else.

8 years, 6 months ago

Another possibility is that a bit a plastic has gotten onto your exhaust and melted. That will give off a rubbery smell and will continue to do so for a while - especially after car has been running enough to heat up the exhaust.

8 years, 6 months ago

Another possibility...Build up of salt on the muffler. Take it to the car wash and give the undercarriage a good cleaning. If this doesn't stop the smell insure the brake pistons, calipers, pads, slides, hand brake cables, are thoroughly checked.

8 years, 6 months ago

I still say this car was involved in a Mafia hit. There is a dead body in the spare tire compartment of the trunk. It was probably put there by one of the people transporting your vehicle from The U.S. to Germany. Get rid of the body before the police find it.

8 years, 6 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
I still say this car was involved in a Mafia hit. There is a dead body in the spare tire compartment of the trunk. It was probably put there by one of the people transporting your vehicle from The U.S. to Germany. Get rid of the body before the police find it.


But it's a Pontiac Tourettes...no self respecting mobster would be caught dead in one of those!

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