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    Well my Firebird (1997 3.8L V6, 5 speed, 89k miles) has this odd smell whenever I turn it off after a drive. Its coming from the engine and it smells like rubber or burning oil, I'm not sure which. My oil level is full, my other fluids are all good (except I cannot find the Transmission fluid cap...) and my belt looks good. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what it could be...

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    Have you checked around the oil drain plug for a leaky gasket? You may have a leaky oil pressure sender. Just some ideas.

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    I just changed the oil and it wasn't leaking when I checked and I just replaced the oil pressure sensor

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    to check the trans fluid there will be plug on the trans body (manual only) that you take out and stick a finger in if it leaks out or is with in your first knuckle you are fine.

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    Probably your valve cover gaskets seeping a little, then going on your exhaust manifods to burn off. That would account for the smell and not seeing any leaks.

    And congrats on having a 5-speed car!

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    Try this post....
    Water in Oil???

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    Just a random thought.. The engine is under your dash Engine (set behind the front wheels) and creates heat. If the car is running very good. The smells you're smelling just maybe the odors given off by synthetic materials used in the production of an average car. IE. glues, rubber, carpet, plastics, and so forth, when they become heated... Ever notice how warm the area of the Stereo? Gets pretty warm around there..
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    i had a burnt gunpowder smell coming from mine, it ended up being a hose coming out of the throttle body. on the passenger side you will see a black hose coming out about an inch than turning. i had a hole in the bend, fixed it with electrical tape. its been 2 years almost, still good.

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    Smittro I like your idea since I only smell it if the car hits around the Middle temp. mark (210 or whatever) and I do live in the desert (only 99 today) so I hope your right

    and thanks to everyone else for there input

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conflict View Post
    Smittro I like your idea since I only smell it if the car hits around the Middle temp. mark (210 or whatever) and I do live in the desert (only 99 today) so I hope your right

    and thanks to everyone else for there input
    Well I got an 01 v6 Camaro, and have noticed this smell from time to time myself. 200-210 degree is about right too.. I take meticulas care of it even though it's a v6. It's loaded with every option that was available @ that time in the v6 platform.. Some SS's and Z's do'nt even have the options mine has lol...

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