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> Burned Rubber Smell
CBR600RR
post Jun 3 2008, 12:07 PM
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Hi,
we have a 2007 XC90 3.2 AWD. A few weeks ago, when we stopped after a 10-mile drive, the car had a strong smell of burned rubber.
Went back home, car was still smelling, looked for the obvious (plastic bag stuck on the exhaust), but could not find anything.
Couple of days later, car was getting better but still smelling in an unusual way so I put it on the ramps, looked very carefully underneath, even removed the engine splash guard at the bottom: nothing.
A week goes by, still smelling. Then likely my and my wife's imagination kicked in, but we both independently felt the car to be a little sluggish in acceleration, so decided to take it to Volvo: they did a quick test drive, found nothing unusual, smell was not noticeable (outside, if you drive and park in the garage, you still smell it) and sent me home telling not to worry.

Now, I know these cars throw Check Engine Light codes for about anything, I know it's probably nothing, yet the car still smells like it never did.
I tried to leave the engine running at idle for a while, and there was no smell, which could mean that:
- something is really stuck on the exhaust, but needs to exhaust to get very hot to smell
- it's something related to motion, like axles, wheels, brakes

Despite having a rather large nose, I could not pinpoint where this smell is coming from.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? It's driving me crazy...

Thanks in advance!
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TheGreekMason
post Jun 3 2008, 03:55 PM
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no codes, is yours a turbo? if so, can you see them from up top? if not, up on the ramps and see if there is anything stuck up high. there was a post from another member who had a plastic bag stuck to the turbo housing itself. just two cents from the used-to-be-hairy greek
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post Jun 7 2008, 07:32 PM
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i used to have a tiny oil leak that dropped on the exhaust once in a while and i swear that it smelled exactly like burnt rubber. but i knew it was oil cuz if i open the hood right away it smoked from the rear for a couple seconds. fixed the leak and never had that smell again...

but i get a different smell now once in a while and i'm thinking it has something to do with the turbo cuz it happens when i give it a lot of boost
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TheGreekMason
post Jun 7 2008, 09:21 PM
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well, eff, post yours on the 850 forum so that the others can see your problem also, let's see if we can help CBR with his problem.
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