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post #1 of 5 Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Burning smell

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Newbie here, bought a 2003 2.5 petrol recently and got stuck in some snow yesterday. After a few minutes of spinning and rocking I got clear but not before a very nasty burning smell coming from around the front wheels and into the cabin. I was using lock for a while (and did reverse which I have since read is not advised). The car drives fine now, but just took it out for a short ride and the smell is back from the front again, but not as bad.

Any ideas what this is? Did I do some damage I need to have checked?

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post #2 of 5 Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 12:46 PM
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Could be the road salt burning off. i have the same thing happen when it snows. As long as you did not rev the crap out of the engine should be fine.
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post #3 of 5 Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Clutch smell covered in this old thread....might not be same as your problem.
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post #4 of 5 Old Jan 23rd, 2013, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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thanks both.

Really hope its road salt although its strange it only started after getting stuck.
I didnt overdo it trying to get out so you would hope the car can handle that. But its still smelling mostly from the front passenger wheel area....
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post #5 of 5 Old Jan 31st, 2013, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Just an update....took it to a clutch specialist and they say its definetly the clutch although it seems I got away with it and it should be ok. So fingers crossed, although I'm surprised the fairly gentle effort to get unstuck caused any damage/smell. Its only done 38k miles. Doesnt give me much confidence....
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