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Old 03-05-2008, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone has any idea what is going on with my car.
this morning when i started it i turned the defrost on on full blast and noticed like it was a little smelly (smoke) so after 20 sec. sure enough the was smoke coming out out of my the vent by the windshield. i turned the defroster and car off and when the smoke disappeared i started the car again(only i left the defroster off this time) and it worked fine.

The same thing happened already once last summer, i thought it could be some loose leafs that caught on fire...but i guess not.

Also my fan/heater/defroster makes this annoying squiking noise when its on, could it be somehow related to the smoke?

Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
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Are you sure it was smoke that came out and not just vapor? What is the temperature outside right now?

The smell could come from dust, etc. being heated up. I get that at times too.
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no, it was smoke, smoking smoke, pretty sure of that, first it smelled like it was burning and then started smoking blue color.
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what does it smell like? its hard to explain but do you know what an electrical fire smells like? or does it smell like burning plastic etc etc.
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could be any of the reasons above
about the noise it could be something a critter might of brought around
i know i found hazelnuts all over under my hood....lol
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