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Hey guys, I have a 2002 G20 sport, and i noticed that my engine seems to smell like it is burning, it is that smell you get after you have just been racing and pushing the car to higher RPM's but it has been like that for about 3 days now, even with the car off. I also noticed that it is idling a little low, does anyone have the correct idle rpm's? and the tachometer is a little wavy when idling, is that normal? I need to bring it in for servicing, it is about 3,000 miles overdue do you think this could be the problem. Any help would be great becuase the car only has 9,900 miles on it and i am a little worried. Oh yea when i am shifting from first to second the car seems to "jump" a bit could this mean i need a new clutch? Sorry for the long message but i need help an i am very worried :(
 

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I would definately bring it in for servicing ASAP. If the smell continues bring it back to them and tell them there's something wrong. I wouldn't mention it now since your car is so far overdue, if you did some damage they may not fix it for free.


Your clutch really shouldnt be dead so early. Are you a new driver, or abuse the clutch??
 

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I was a new driver when i got it back in novemeber, but now im fine, i've only stalled out 5 times since i had it so i duno?
 

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i have a 96 g20 and i have the burning smell too and the idling problem so i dont know dangers of it but i noticed near the fuel pump there is a fuse encased in rubber and both sides are burnt, im guessing thats what its from. but im not really sure just feeling your pain too. :*(

matt 96 g20
 

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Have you been changing your oil lately?... My car is due for an oil change because it has already been about 3k miles since the last one... I too notice the smell but I'll see if it's because of my oil when I get it done.
 

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I've never smelt anything burning which would be coming from the engine.


I've had a "rotten egg" sulfur odor, but you can have them update your ECU program to get rid of that.



Regarding the burning smell... are you by chance running aftermarket headlight bulbs which are starting to burn up your wiring? The wiring will start to burn first. Then your harnesses will begin to melt.

I know "someone" =) who did that once. What a dope! :confused:
 

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cosmoline

sometimes the smell is burning cosmoline which is a protective chemical sparyed on the engine before leving the factory . go test drive a new car and run it wicked hard and you will smell a burning smell that might be similar .

good to hear andother 96 haveing a burning smell gonna look for that fuse when i get back to my car in 90 days
 

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Problem solved... maybe

I have had similar problems as well. I smell burning oil type smell coming from the engine. It fills the cabin sometimes as well. It just happens it was after an oil change, but it lingered for weeks, even months. I also notice my car was dripping oil for months after as well. So i took it too the dealership. They claimed that there is a small reservoir right under the oil filter. When they remove the oil filter, oil gets caught in this reservoir (which i guess is pretty big). When your engine gets hot, it can burn and smell up your car, and also it will tend to leak down the side of the engine and burn in various areas. Alot of oil change places (including some dealerships) dont clean out this area, which causes this problem.
I don't know, its worth checking though!
 

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not sure about the smell,but when you take your motor for a service get them to check the knock sensor.
 

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YUP... me too!

Freaktroll has a point. I have that same smell, but I also have a leak around the oil pan and when it drips on HOT parts, it stinks up the cabin. My mechanic also pointed out the area where the oil drips to when doing oil changes. You need to look around your filter and below that reservoir to see if it's oily-wet. It could burn out like that for months for real! You definitely have to get it cleaned and checked out... Also, very important that you stay on top of your oil level in the mean time!!!! :eek:
About your clutch, don't worry, as a newbie you go through it. ;) No offense. Be easy on the clutch pedal, you're probably letting go of it too hard (fast), no rush man... give it a tad bit of gas and you shouldn't have that jump! (take it from a standard driver since 16) It's just patience and 'feeling'... you'll eventually get it no sweat... don't worry about changing clutches yet boy... these last a while before they burn! :p
"Feel the force Luke. May it be with you!" :sleep:
 

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i don't know if this will help, but sometimes on a new car (or new brake pads) you will smell them burning. it's not smoke it smells wierd. if you smell oil burning then you need to get it checked. if you smell sulfer it's the deposits in your engine burning off.
 
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