Acceleration Odor

Phil Rose pjrose at
Sun Dec 19 18:34:21 EST 2004

At 3:58 PM -0500 12/19/04, Sean wrote:
>Many thanks for the seat info.
>Next question: Under heavy acceleration (e.g., racing an M3 from a 
>toll booth), a strong unpleasant odor briefly fills the passenger 
>cabin.  It smells a bit like something burning, with a vague sulfur 
>smell.  Assuming it relates to exhaust/ catalytic converter.  Is 
>this normal?  Anyone else experience this?

 From burning tranny oil? Check to see if there is tranny oil leaking 
from the seals on either side of the front differential output. It's 
a common occurrence with these cars as they approach or exceed 100K 
miles. Don't ask how I know that the (passenger side) seal leakage 
will drip down onto the catalytic converter and create the smell you 



Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
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