1996 Mazda MX-6 LS, has a burning odor coming from the engine compartment after driving 25 highway miles. What could it be?

Asked by Dec 07, 2015 at 11:23 AM about the 1996 Mazda MX-6 2 Dr LS Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hard to explain the odor. Sometimes sweet like coolant or a smell like rubber
or oil.

5 Answers


Is your temperature gauge going up higher than usual? Does it feel like it is running hot? (Pop the hood after you drive it and feel how hot the engine/radiator is) If it is, try changing the thermostat and see if that improves things.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

You may have a small coolant leak that is getting on the exhaust system.

My temp gauge is going slightly higher than usual, a little more than half way. I was also in stop and go traffic this afternoon and noticed a puff of white smoke coming from near the radiator. The smoke stopped after we got moving again but I could smell coolant burning coming through my vents. Still think it's the thermostat or a coolant leak?


A thermostat is the easiest and lowest cost repair to make, if it's not working it can cause symptoms likes yours, so eliminate that first before moving on to more expensive repairs. Yours might be stuck in the closed position. Again, this is the simplest diagnosis, but it's also the easiest to eliminate.

I'll give that a try. Thanks.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used MX-6 in your area?

CarGurus has 8 nationwide MX-6 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Mazda MX-6 Questions

Mazda MX-6 Experts

#1 lightGear
Reputation 120
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 90
#3 Michael Kane
Michael Kane
Reputation 70
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
44 Great Deals out of 3,935 listings starting at $2,985
Used Mazda RX-7
64 listings
Used Ford Mustang
537 Great Deals out of 45,845 listings starting at $1,999
Used Mazda MX-3
2 listings
Used Chevrolet Camaro
245 Great Deals out of 31,195 listings starting at $369
Used Honda Accord
947 Great Deals out of 77,741 listings starting at $899
Used Honda Civic
815 Great Deals out of 88,110 listings starting at $1,299
Used Mazda 626
193 listings

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.