A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.
Car Problem Reports
Saturn Vue Valve Cover Gaskets May Leak Oil
Saturn Vue Problem
Model Year Affected: 2003
Engine Affected: 3.0L V6
Average Mileage: 171,375 mi (151,000 mi - 182,500 mi)
Oil leaking all over motor. Not using much oil, leaks about 6 oz per day. Check engine light is on as well as a red light, water lines, with an arrow? The local Good Year says it could be the valve covers, but I haven't been able to trust them yet. Please HELP!
Visitor, 2003 Saturn Vue, 3.0L V6, 172,000 mi
I recently noticed oil under my car. It looked like quite a bit on my concrete garage floor. I took it to the old Saturn dealership (now a Cadillac dealership but with the same mechanics). After looking over my car, the biller (or whatever he is that takes care of appointments but not the actual car) came and told me that the mechanic had shown him a very small dripping leak in a gasket. The guy was not knowledgeable really in what it was, but he said it was a seal. I asked if he had topped off my oil and he said that it wasn't low. I am getting this "seal" replaced in a couple of days, but wanted to troubleshoot online some first. After looking around, I think that it must be a valve cover. My leak was on the passenger side by the wheel.
It is good to see that I am not the only one with this mystery problem, but I will find out from the mechanic what was replaced exactly.
Burning smell and smoke from under the hood. Water getting into the oil