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Rainman 11-26-2012 11:52 AM

smell oil burning
i can smell oil burning with the defroster on but dont see anything under the hood out of the norm i checked the valve covers no leakage and they are tight whatelse could it be?:mad:

dr.lee.baugh 11-26-2012 12:37 PM

Re: smell oil burning
Have you had an oil change recently and/or checked to make sure there isn't some residual oil on the bottom skid plate?

If you take it someplace to get done, many do not take the time to drop the front skid plate or care to ensure oil doesn't splash all over when they take the filter out. This oil will often make its way back and splash onto the exhaust.

Any visible drops of oil in the driveway?

Are you sure it is oil and not another fluid burning up?

Rainman 11-26-2012 03:19 PM

Re: smell oil burning
i checked the oil so far its ok i had it changed two months ago but just started smelling it now that i turnt the heater on

Prestone 12-22-2013 03:37 PM

Re: smell oil burning
Did you ever figure this out? I changed my oil 2 months ago and now over the last couple days I have been getting a burnt oil smell through the vents, but only at idle I smell it. No drops anywhere. I really think the engine is emitting this smell, and my hearer is just sucking it all in. I just returned the car to stock and about ready to take it to a dealership. Any ideas?

Rainman 12-22-2013 04:20 PM

I have the same problem and was talking to someone with the same problem he said he installed a catch can and changed his pic filter and seemed to clear the problem up

Prestone 12-22-2013 05:58 PM

I already have a catch can. What's a pic filter? Dealer told me I had to uninstall my catch can and my cai before they would investigate my problem. Seems it started when I changed to synthetic oil.

Rainman 12-22-2013 06:51 PM

Sorry pvc filter you know what I run synthetic oil also and smell it through the vent too

Prestone 12-22-2013 08:22 PM

I only got 6000 miles my engine.. Like I said, I had the catch can almost from day one and not sure if catch can or pcv valve is the issue I'm having.

Rainman 12-22-2013 08:43 PM

Oh wow that's not even broken in yet

jvwa 03-07-2014 05:48 PM

Re: smell oil burning
Have had the oils smell on idle through the vents too. No leaks anywhere and the car is a week old. The problem was there was residue power steering fluid around the powers steering container which is near the vent inlet. Cleaned it thoroughly an no more smell.

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