Solutions for eliminating burning odor/Smell of smoke after replacing engine cover gasket in 2001 Toyota Corolla?


Asked by Apr 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM about the 2001 Toyota Corolla CE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had the engine cover gasket of my '01 Corolla CE changed in order to fix a possible leakage of engine oil. I had to top it up at least 2(quarts) after every 400 miles. After the replacement, I have noticed a burning odor / smell of smoke in my car. The smell intensifies after I reach around 60 mph. It also smells at low speeds, if being driven for 30 mins or more. What could be the reason? Any suggestions. I have 156,000 + miles on my car. Please advice possible remedies.

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Most likely oil residue still burning off if all of the leaks were fixed, I'm a little surprised that they didn't clean it all off after the work was done.


I would inspect for more oil leaks. Although how long since the work was done? If only a day or so it could just be burning off any oil / residue that got on engine and exhaust manifold during the gasket repair and should stop smelling soon.


I have been driving it for 4 days now and I have driven less than 150 miles so far. The first day it was really strong and has reduced. But it is still pretty strong.

James Ramond

something is maybe in contact with a hot part, namely the exhaust header pipe,with the engine cool, feel across the pipe for a wire loom or hose before you burn melt a group of wires and get stranded

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