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Old 08-11-2010, 11:02 AM
nanners nanners is offline
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Mein Auto: bmw z3
hot/burning rubber smell

Just bought my first BMW 13 days ago..a BEE-YOU-TI-FULL red and black Z-3 with 70,000 miles. When I test drove it two months ago, there was no odor. However, NOW there's a MYSTERY hot/burning rubber smell that transfers to my clothing in no time flat. It's gotten to the point where I dread getting inside this gorgeous car.

Okay... the symptoms. (The dealership identified a small leak in the valve cover gasket, but they didn't want to fix that unless we were certain of it's being the cause of our problems.) Indeed, now there's a new clue. Last night I was wiping down all interior surfaces and sniffing like a bloodhound. And THERE on the underside of the passenger's floormat--specifically the far end of the floormat--close to the engine and under the glove compartment was THEE most pungent hot rubber smell.

There's nothing actually ON the carpet/floormat. Rather the smell seems to be coming from the other side of the firewall (is that the right term?). I turned on the engine, and the exact same smell is blowing through the a/c vents.

The odor has been so strong that I can already detect it upon entering the stairway that leads to my garage. Open the car door, and you get a bigger whiff--even though the car has been sitting idle for hours. Start up the engine and there it is, coming from the vents, too.

Any ideas are most welcome!
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:58 AM
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spaz00050 spaz00050 is offline
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Location: AZ
 
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Mein Auto: 8/95 Bostongrün 325i
post this in the Z3 forum... you'll have better luck...

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Old 05-18-2011, 05:36 AM
cgamach cgamach is offline
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I second the motion that Secondary Air Injection Pump. I sniffed that area and it has the same pungent burned rubber (almost petroleum like) smell that is getting inside the car. What was the FIX - rpl the pump??? CG
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