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2001 Mazda Tribute Question: Radiator smells like burnt rubber

 

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patsmahal, 3.0L V6, Pittsburg, CA, June 24, 2009, 10:25
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Engine has full coolant reservior but when you turn the car off it smells like burnt rubber. What is possible cause?

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    Russ June 26, 2009, 10:45
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    Check the underside of your Tribute. Believe it or not the most common cause for an unusual burning smell is a plastic bag stuck on the exhaust system. If you see signs of a plastic bag the best thing to do is to scrape off as much as you can, after which what little is left will burn off quickly. If you don't see anything or can't properly clean off what you do see then have a qualified technician check things over for you.

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