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Old 01-02-2006, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello dear friends,i lost the back end of my car,and mounted the curb,consequently i scraped the underside of my car,now when i drive and drive at about 40-50 mph i smell something burning similar to burning clutch when i lift the hood but i dont see any smoke.have i done damage to any component on the underside of my car? have i put a crack somwhere?

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Old 01-02-2006, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hmmm where did you hit exactly underneath?? front? rear? side? is anything leaking?
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i would say start checking underneath the car. it could be many things.
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Old 01-02-2006, 08:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i mounted the curb from the front of the car, nothing is leaking,evrythng seems fine when i look under the car, jus that smell is pissin me off, i think i'l jus hav to take to a mechanic and tell him to check underneath 4 n e thng unusual
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Any pics of the udnerside of your car? Any chance your diff took msot of the curb?
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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not too sure if this is a stupid remark or what... but did u damage the caliper at all? the smell of a brake pad can be confused with the clutch?
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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u knw wat guys the smell might not even be related to the incident, because i went on a long journey bout 45 miles or so and i could smell it again but this time i cud smell fuel as well, seems to me its running quite rich, wat do ya thnk this is? does it need tuning? doubt the mishap has got to do with this smell
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maybe you hit the gas tank when you went up and over.
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storamin, i think u got it, coz my fuel economy has become mega shit, do u think there is a leak?
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you should check for leaks , when running and when the car is off, throw a piece of cardboard under the car see if you accumulate any leaks, and also try it with the car at idle for a while , its quite possible that you could have a leak . but i still dont understand how this smell relates to the burning smell, they are two different smells alltogether.
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i will put a piece of cardboard and see what it reveals, i've learnt somethng new 2day, when i put my heaters on when im driving the smell comes thru the vent also, ur rite furious, the 2 might not be connected
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look at your fuel lines and fuel filter. any DENTS?
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i will have a look, i hope its nothng expensive
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what year is your 318? can you check the fault codes through the dash and see if anything is showing up? could also be an o2 sensor. if you're not finding any leaks check the faults to see if anything like the o2 sensor is showing up. the smells can come from anywhere. i thought i smelled clutch on mine a while back and it ended up being my brakes so thats definitly a possible source for the smell. i think you would notice gas leaking from your tank if you have looked under it at all. just kind fo smell around the tank and see if you smell it, cause if its leaking at the tank it will be strong. thats all i can think of, about how tall was the curb?
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