Car - Burning smell when stopping and starting

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Found 28th Sep 2011
My mrs car has started to smell when stopping and starting in traffic, anyone any ideas what it could be?

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Shes probably riding the clutch....

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Hand brake?

Oil?

Burger on the engine?

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JonnyTwoToes

Hand brake?



she doesn't use it apparently

feeder16

she doesn't use it apparently



probably riding the clutch then!

Is it a Renault? Or French by any chance?

Timing belt?

What is she doing out of the kitchen?

JonnyTwoToes

Hand brake?



Probably.

OP, have you shown her how to use it?

harlzter

What is she doing out of the kitchen?



Good point, though it would be forgivable if she was dropping off and picking OP up from the pub.

My guess is a sticking calliper.

Could be oil - something simple like the rocker cover gasket is perished. Oil can seep through and if it drops onto the exhaust manifold / hot area below, it'll give the burning smell. Check around the top of the engine to see if there's any leaking. It's a simple job, just google it. Hth.

No chance it's the timing belt - you'd certainly know about it if that went! As RickT says it could also be brakes. If it's all the time I'd also rule out riding the clutch. The only time you'll notice the burning smell is stopping and starting as the airflow when driving will disperse the smell.

What type of smell?
What car is it?
Any signs of smoke?
Any signs of fluid leaks or regularly topping up fluid?
Any strange noises with the smell? If there is, she could be farting and trying to blame the car for the stench.

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Top tip. Tomorrow, swap cars.

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]What type of smell - Metal smell
What car is it -on 2005 Ford Ka Collection
Any signs of smoke - none
Any signs of fluid leaks or regularly topping up fluid? - could do with checking
Any strange noises with the smell? If there is, she could be farting and trying to blame the car for the stench.

Has she blown a seal?

Goonieman

Has she blown a seal?



No its just ice cream on her lips

Check underneath the car after it has stood stationary for some time to see if there are any drips/pools of liquids. Also, a leaking rocker cover gasket dripping on the exhaust manifold could be a prime and probable culprit as this is quite common. Easy enough to fix it it is.
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