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#1 of 17 Infiniti FX35 - burning smell
Nov 16, 2006 (2:55 pm)
Just picked up a 2004 FX 35 from a good friend. I have noticed a smell of burning rubber or plastic after driving it for a few minutes. I have the 2WD version. My friend told me she never had that issue.
I checked the oil level and it is fine, and the car has been regularly serviced by Infiniti. Anyone else have this problem? Any thoughts on what this might be?
A search revealed a few other posters with a similar problem, but those all appeared to be related to use of AWD.
#2 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [mcwenzel]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 16, 2006 (3:29 pm)
Well, it's possible you picked up a shopping bag on the exhaust system on the drive home, so you may as well try to rule that sort of thing out first. And check to make sure the ebrake/hand brake isn't engaged.
That's my .02 for the easy stuff to check.
#3 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell
Nov 16, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Funny you mention that. On the way home (I drove the car from Los Angeles to San Francisco), there was a clear plastic tarp on the road that blew into the front bumper. I pulled over and it had slid under the car. I pulled it out, and thought I got all of it, but maybe something burned on.
The brake is definitely not engaged. What do you mean by hand brake? I only saw a foot emergency brake. Thanks.
#4 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [mcwenzel]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 16, 2006 (3:55 pm)
The emergency brake definition varies - it's a hand brake on my wagon and a foot brake on my van. It'll smell if you leave them engaged (ask me how I know, LOL).
But I bet some of the tarp burned into the exhaust system or some other part that gets hot underneath.
If it doesn't burn off or get better in a couple of days, you may want to see if any codes have been thrown by the car's computer system just to rule out a mechanical problem. Many auto parts stores will pull the codes for free.
I suppose the burning plastic could be an electrical smell from wiring insulation burning off. That could be bad.
Anyone else have any suggestions for things to check?
#5 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [mcwenzel]
Mar 08, 2007 (12:00 pm)
I realize that this thread is old, but I actually noticed a burning smell during my test drive yesterday also. But mine seemed like it was coming from the heater. I thought maybe because the car is new, but that doesn't seem right. Anyone have any ideas or know if FX has had any known issues with this??? Thanks in advance!
#6 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [l2jae]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 08, 2007 (12:24 pm)
I had the burning smell when my Nissan was new (but not specifically from the heater). Often it's just the protective coating burning off the exhaust system on new cars and goes away in a few days or a week or two.
The smell on mine wasn't noticeable inside the car though.
#7 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [steve_]
Mar 08, 2007 (12:30 pm)
Yeah, the smell was really noticeable inside the vehicle for me. And when I turned the heater off, it seemed to go away. Anyways, I hope that doesn't happen to the one I buy. Thanks for your input!
#8 of 17 Re: Infiniti FX35 - burning smell [mcwenzel]
Apr 04, 2007 (11:24 am)
It is your condenser the Infinity's have a design flaw and the condenser does not get rid of water and therefore it causes bacteria that is dangerous. Infinity is aware of this flaw and told me to just turn off the air 5 minutes before my destination. I had the air quality checked and myt car has Legionella and Cladosporium that causes health issues! Get your car tested and let the dealer know you know there is a problem. We are in process of getting out of our lease as it is a Lemon
Apr 04, 2007 (11:31 am)
If you own an Infinify any model and you have a funny rotten odor especially when you have heat or A/C on it is a serious Health issue. Infinity does not want you to know there is a design flaw with the condenser systems on Infinity and it does not have a place for the water to drain so it causes bacteria and the odor. I had my Infinity FX 35 tested last week and I have Legionella (legionnaries) and Cladosporium. Get to your dealer. There is no way to fix this issue and it is a danger
#10 of 17 Re: BAD SMELL [mrsricks]
Apr 30, 2007 (6:15 pm)
How do you go about having this tested? Mine Has this problem for sure!!!03'