Nissan XTerra SE 2005 engine keeps smelling really hot like burning oil after 30+ miles of driving. What could be causing this?

Asked by Feb 17, 2017 at 09:16 AM about the 2005 Nissan Xterra SE 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After driving my new used 2005 Nissan XTerra for about 30 or more miles on
the expressway, I've noticed it smells like burning oil when I come to a stop. I
had a new oil pump put in right after I got it. No engine lights come on. Oil is
filled, so that's not a problem. It smells like burning oil, and only after I've
driven it for 20 or 30 minutes at high speed. Very worrisome.

2 Answers

73,705

It's not coming out the tail pipe is it? And the only thing that gets hot enough to cause a oil burning smell is the exhaust. Maybe look at the valve covers?

73,705

Is there any hesitation at all? Was also thinking the catalytic converter may starting to get plugged.

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