Several weeks ago I took my Subaru Outback to the dealer for the 90,000 miles service, although I had only 80,000. After that there has been a burned rubber smell, what can it be? No leaks

Asked by Oct 29, 2016 at 04:17 PM about the 2008 Subaru Outback Basic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After the 90M miles service the car had a smell of burned rubber. There is no
leaking oil into the motor. It looks perfect! There isn't any visible leaks. The car
is not heating up. The car is kept in a garage. It's a 2008 Subaru with 84,000
miles. Could it be the timing belt? Could it be leaking to the exhaust system? If
so how will I know?

8 Answers

76,865

Check under the car to see if something got stuck to the exhaust system. Your timing belt should be good for 105,000 miles but it is possible to inspect it. There is a small inspection port on the cam belt cover. Oil leaks don't really smell like rubber but it is possible that a small leak could be dripping onto the exhaust system. A slipping fan belt can also smell like burning rubber.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
70,305

Carefully look in the engine compartment, especially near the exhaust manifold, for anything that doesn't appear to be out of the ordinary. Someone may have left a tool or something in there by accident. HTH. - Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
76,865

I have seen plastic trash bags stuck to the exhaust system.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
21,755

What did the dealer find?? Could it be possible that the valve cover gaskets are starting to fail and burning up under intense heat from the normal range inside the engine compartment?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
5,540

All answers above are cogent and realistic, except Mark's which is technically impossible and once again the erroneous one. This is getting REALLY amazing, Mork....

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
5,540

FoR: all good guesses. I'm voting for a tired, chunked-out ps belt.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
21,755

Wow, this was the thread I found... http://repairpal.com/burning-rubber-smell-off-the-engine-643

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
5,540

FoR covered this in the first post. Please stop wasting our time.... Cecilia, a great many '00-'09 OBs have oil leaks from their HGs. The most prevalent is on the right (passenger) side, underwhich sits the exhaust that cooks of the dripped oil. This can have a funky odor you could describe as "burnt". If you're REALLY lucky the leak source may simply be from the variable valve oil pressure switch on the TOP right rear of the motor. The OE switch's plastic core isn't up to the high pressure duty of the valve solenoid, so cracks and bleeds oil down the corner of the motor, onto the exhaust. Unlike a $1600 HG job, this one's only a $15 switch and 10-20 minutes labor. Good luck. (Note that the OPPOSITE side (front left upper) head corner of course has a more visible valve with its own pressure switch. When IT leaks it's more visible, as it's in the front, under the oil filler tube area. If you look at this more visible assy you can then identify the REAR right side one under the windshield.)

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Outback

Looking for a Used Outback in your area?

CarGurus has 34,493 nationwide Outback listings starting at $1,975.

ZIP:

Subaru Outback Experts

  • #1
    Markw1952
    Reputation
    7,990
  • #2
    TheSubaruGuruBoston
    Reputation
    2,610
  • #3
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    2,370
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Forester
414 Great Deals out of 34,687 listings starting at $1,295
Used Subaru Impreza
186 Great Deals out of 19,832 listings starting at $2,200
Used Subaru Legacy
214 Great Deals out of 14,728 listings starting at $2,449
Used Honda CR-V
824 Great Deals out of 55,280 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota RAV4
819 Great Deals out of 51,135 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
290 Great Deals out of 22,121 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota Highlander
428 Great Deals out of 28,268 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Tacoma
630 Great Deals out of 43,328 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
907 Great Deals out of 70,962 listings starting at $950
Used Toyota Camry
1,040 Great Deals out of 74,332 listings starting at $295
Used Honda Accord
1,118 Great Deals out of 62,345 listings starting at $1,199
Used Honda Pilot
498 Great Deals out of 30,845 listings starting at $1,399
Used Ford Escape
1,072 Great Deals out of 88,724 listings starting at $1,088

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Outback For Sale
17,033 listings starting at $22,111
2017 Subaru Outback For Sale
42 Great Deals out of 7,809 listings starting at $20,977
2016 Subaru Outback For Sale
63 Great Deals out of 1,297 listings starting at $18,000
2015 Subaru Outback For Sale
79 Great Deals out of 1,924 listings starting at $9,789
2014 Subaru Outback For Sale
63 Great Deals out of 1,462 listings starting at $7,995

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.