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Check the CV boots to see if one broke, specifically the passenger inside. That will throw grease all over the catalytic converter. Next could be diff oil, engine oil, or power steering (auto trans oil) dripping on the exhaust.
 

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The car stunk something terrible for about three weeks after that.


REBOOTING!!! IS ALWAYS better than having a cheap aftermarket Axle installed while the shop sells your very good OEM back for good money!!! Keep your OEM AXLE have it rebooted!
This could not be more true. I rebooted the inner on my girlfriend's '04 at about 85k. I thought wiping the grease spray off the converters heat shield would eliminate the smell faster but all it seemed to do was heat up and burn quicker! Still took two or three weeks to go away. Burning axle grease has to smell twice as bad as burning gear oil.
 
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