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Dimitalus 12-14-2013 05:34 PM

Burning Rubber smell 2000 Subaru Outback
 
Hey all, I recently discovered my 2000 Subaru Outback Limited(226,000KM) was giving off a burning rubber smell.
Basically when I drive i do not smell it unless I have the blower on, or if i get out of the car, the smell isn't coming from the belt I don't think, and the pulleys and tensioner all seem to be moving, sometimes it smells like oil, but if the smell gets stronger it smells of rubber.
I have no oil spots in my parking spot or anywhere, and the smell comes after I've been driving for a bit.
It did recently have an oil change, not sure if that helps; if anyone can help me figure this out it would be much appreciated!
There is a strange tick noise coming from the right side and it goes faster as i rev, not sure if its relevant.
Also, could it be the heater core? If so, how hard are they to replace and how much?
Thanks!

Blacky 12-14-2013 05:50 PM

Could be a torn CV axle boot. When they're torn they fling grease onto the exhaust manifold. Does it make a clicking noise with the wheels cranked hard left or right at slow speed? That's a worn out CV from dirt getting in through the torn boot.
If the heater core is shot you will smell antifreeze and usually the front window will fog up when the defroster is turned on. It's a total bit#* to change.

Dimitalus 12-14-2013 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Blacky (Post 1158914)
Could be a torn CV axle boot. When they're torn they fling grease onto the exhaust manifold. Does it make a clicking noise with the wheels cranked hard left or right at slow speed? That's a worn out CV from dirt getting in through the torn boot.
If the heater core is shot you will smell antifreeze and usually the front window will fog up when the defroster is turned on. It's a total bit#* to change.

My windows usually always fog up right away when heat is turned on? but they defog after a bit.
It doesn't make a clicking noise but if when I drive i hear wirring that goes in and out (if that makes sense)

Blacky 12-14-2013 06:11 PM

Take a look at the CV boots at the end of the axles where they go into the wheels. If torn you will see a split and grease sprayed around. The whirring could be a CV or wheel bearing.
For the heater core, check the level of coolant in the radiator (with cold engine) and overflow tank. Monitor if the level drops.

Dimitalus 12-14-2013 06:35 PM

coolant when the car is off is at the L line, which is the top line; so ill check the cv joint i'll pay attention to the clicking if i can hear it

Dimitalus 12-14-2013 08:25 PM

So upon further investigation, it turns out that the CV Boot has a minor hole in it and has been spraying greese over the engine, not a lot of greese, the hole isnt too big ill post a picutre in about 4 hrs, how easy of a fix is it? and how long can i go with it like that? I dont want to go long but i may have to due to finances

Blacky 12-14-2013 09:20 PM

If you fix it quite quickly you may get away with just replacing the boot and adding some grease. If left dirt will get in and destroy the cv joint. You'll then have to replace the entire axle assembly.
You could try cleaning around the hole and patching it temporarily with some flexible sealant.

Dimitalus 12-14-2013 10:28 PM

I believe this is relatively new, as the smell started a day ago, so I'm going to fix it ASAP I'll get the parts tomorrow shouldn't be too hard.

Dimitalus 12-15-2013 01:18 AM

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Blacky 12-15-2013 09:05 AM

That's how they usually look when they split. You have to take the axle off to change the boot.


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