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Re: odor of burning rubber


My Avant exhibited this during very cold weather when I lived in Iowa,
and only then.  I worried about it and checked the level.  It revealed a
relatively minor, almost negligible drop.  I topped it off and drove to
Mpls to catch a plane.  The car sat in the underground parking garage at
a hotel in temps from 20 down to below zero for 10 days.  When I returned
I drove home and checked the level again.  Still very minor loss.  I felt
reassured that it wouldn't be a huge problem and since then have not
noticed any more leakage.  The dealer checked it out and reported that it
was the axle output seal leaking.  I cringed at the thought of that

It is gonig to be in the teens tonight here in SC.  I'll drive it to work
tomorrow and see if I smell it again.  I drove the Coupe GT today because
it's heater blower works.  I knew I should have tended to the one in the
Avant this fall, but it was kind of hard to do since I was in NZ all
(our) fall.

I'll report tomorrow morning.

Ed Kellock ................... Greenville, SC  USA
91 200q avant .......... 87 Coupe GT

On Mon, 4 Jan 1999 20:31:42 -0400 Phil Rose <pjrose@servtech.com> writes:
>Well, the "burning rubber" odor turns out to be (transmission) oil
>dripping/spinning onto the exhaust and cat. converter. The tranny 
>to be leaking from _somewhere_ on the passenger-side. The final-drive 
>is very oily and the oil leaking onto the axle is being spun away and
>making a general mess. I hope there was reasonable amount of 
>oil remaining for the 100 miles we drove home this afternoon.
>Home. Ugh! I had to hack through a 12" snow drift covered by an inch 
>very hard ice in order to get into my garage. Tomorrow I'll search for 
>a 17
>mm hex socket and see where (if?) the tranny oil level stands.
>Any guesses on what seal is likley to be leaking? The car ('91 200q) 
>about 105K miles, and it seems that the leakage became noticeable with 
>onset of very low temperatures we had several days ago (-20F).
>Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
>'91 200q				mailto:pjrose@servtech.com
>'89 100