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#7591 of 8657 2.5 Legacy Wagon 2.5i Burnt Rubber Smell
Mar 22, 2008 (6:43 pm)
I have a 2005 2.5i Legacy Wagon, manual transmission with 37,000 km on it. The car works great, but in the last 6 months a strong 'burnt rubber' odour comes through the heater vents. It is most noticeable on cold mornings (below freezing), for the first 15 minutes after it is started in the morning. There is no smell when the heater is set on recirculate. There are no fluid leaks, and the Subaru dealer cannot find anything wrong with the car. Any ideas?
#7592 of 8657 Re: 2.5 Legacy Wagon 2.5i Burnt Rubber Smell [gatineau]
Mar 23, 2008 (4:25 am)
Have they checked your belts? If it is only when it's cold my guess is that you are having a slipping belt of some kind, once it warms up it snugs down. Or perhaps you have an oil leak that can't be seen and it leaks onto a pipe when off and then burns off when you drive.
#7593 of 8657 Re: 2.5 Legacy Wagon 2.5i Burnt Rubber Smell [gatineau]
Mar 24, 2008 (3:28 am)
This might be a stretch, but I had the same smell on my 95 Impreza. I too, was not losing any visible oil or fluids. The engine was a 2.2 liter and at 34,000 miles the oil seal gasket or o ring went, not sure of it's proper name. I'm going by memory as this was 10 years ago, and four cars ago. Has the dealer checked your oil seals?
#7594 of 8657 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [paisan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 24, 2008 (8:28 am)
Ah I see what you mean. What I was telling him was not to bother putting in on a dolly, just tow it 4 wheels down on a frame or bumper hitch. I wasn't clear on that
#7595 of 8657 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 24, 2008 (2:15 pm)
If you flat tow like that, do you need bumper plates or can you just get one of those A-frame hitch deals and bolt it on where the bumper mounts or a tow spot or something?
Theoretically, if its over 2000lbs, you still need brakes, right?
#7596 of 8657 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [lilengineerboy]
Mar 24, 2008 (4:46 pm)
One would need to bolt an A-bar onto the car's frame rails. Theoretically one would need brakes, but it really depends on the weight (and brakes) of the tow vehicle and the capability of the driver. For a short trip towing the thing home, I would not bother with either. I would just remove the rear drive shaft and tow it home on a two-wheel dolly or use a flatbed trailer, whichever was available. My first choice would be the trailer. But, with one side of the car lifted up, it should only take about 30 minutes to pull the shaft. It only requires removal of the heat shields to gain easy access to the shaft. The annoying part is working around the exhaust pipe.
Come to think of it, I have not seen a tow dolly with brakes... and the dolly would make the total towed weight greater than just leaving the car on the ground. Imagine that.
#7597 of 8657 Re: 2.5 Legacy Wagon 2.5i Burnt Rubber Smell [paisan]
Mar 24, 2008 (6:53 pm)
The dealer couldn't find any oil leaks. Any specific place the mechanic should look? I will also take it back to the dealer and have them look at the belts. Thanks for the advice.
#7598 of 8657 Re: 2.5 Legacy Wagon 2.5i Burnt Rubber Smell [gatineau]
Mar 26, 2008 (6:26 am)
Both sides head gaskets, valve cover gaskets, and front and rear main seals.
#7599 of 8657 Re: anti-freeze smell [ateixeira]
Mar 28, 2008 (3:02 am)
Update on my head gasket/coolant leak. 3 weeks and about 700 miles (odo now at about 81,900) after having the coolant conditioner added at the dealership (which helped - temporarily), a bigger leak opened up in the head gasket yesterday rather dramatically and suddenly fortunately at a donut shop drive-thru so I could shut down fairly quickly. Engine did not overheat according to temp gauge, but she was steamin' from coolant leaking onto exhaust and it drained the coolant jug quickly. Had car flat bedded to Subaru dealership (free AAA tow), now to see how helpful the extended warranty is.
#7600 of 8657 Re: anti-freeze smell [bufwxguy]
Mar 28, 2008 (5:40 am)
Have this number handy just in case the dealership isn't cooperative: 1-800-SUBARU3.