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Old 09-27-2012, 06:26 AM
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WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

Hey guys, I've noticed recently that if I drive my stock WK2 hard (especially above 5k rpm) I start to get the smell of something burning from the engine somewhere. It lasts maybe a minute or so, but by then I've slowed down since I'm worried it will get worse. It smells like burning rubber I suppose. It has to be said that I am experiencing 100 degree weather here with fairly high humidity, but it's been like that all summer and I've never gotten the smell previously when driving/launching hard in those conditions.

I had a quick look under the hood and the only thing that seems slightly out of place to my untrained and unmechanical eye is a couple of wires going from the air box hose to the block. It looks a little odd that an electrical wire should be so close to something that gets pretty hot and is also touching the smaller black hose (coolant pipe?) that snakes around the power steering fluid container.

The only thing that's different is I recently went in for the first 6k mile service at the dealer, and I'm pretty sure it started to happen after that trip. I will be going in to have it checked out but just wondering if anyone else has this issue? I recently saw a WK1 thread about this so could it be related?
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

No smell on mine. You should have the Jeep dealer look it does not sound right somthing might have moved.
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

the wires you show there got to the Intake air temp sensor and thats not a coolant hose that runs parallel to it.
I had a little smell when my 2013 was BRAND NEW...now it has about 500 miles and the smell is pretty much gone. Probably the exhaust or something like that. It takes awhile for the "new" to burn off.
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

Finally got the chance to get it to the dealer. They said it should be ok since it goes away after a minute or so. No oil leaks on my garage floor so maybe it's just due to me not really pushing the car over the very hot summer months. Plus I left it standing for 3 weeks while I was on vacation just before I noticed the issue. Over 7k miles on the odo so far

When I get some time I need to do an extended hard drive to see if it's an oil burn/oil filter leak or something more serious..
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

My 2013 is brand new and I have noticed a burnt rubber/plastic smell coming from it after its parked in the garage after driving somewhere. I am hoping its just a new car smell that will go away.
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

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My 2013 is brand new and I have noticed a burnt rubber/plastic smell coming from it after its parked in the garage after driving somewhere. I am hoping its just a new car smell that will go away.
I had that too, but it stopped after about 500 miles. A lot of smells went away at that point!
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Thanks for the reassurance, I thought it was pretty odd.
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Re: WK2 burning smell when driving hard..

same problem here after racing an ML63 in UAE, i stopped in a red signal
and white smoke started comming out from the right front tire

i turned it off and stepped out and looked at it, nuthing seemed wrong and the smell went away after a bit and the car is more than normal.

guess our wk2's cant survive hard under uae conditions
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