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Old 01-07-2014, 11:22 PM
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Burning Smell

During this winter, when i pull the car into the garage and turn it off, i smell weird burning smell. I smell some from the front brakes and some near the radiator area. Is this normal after a drive.

It doesn't matter how long the drive was i still smell it, could there be oil leak or exhaust leak? it started after i got my oil change and brake fluid flush from BMW. Any help would be appreciated If its really abnormal i will get to the dealer ASAP.

Even my Merc has similar smell so i was thinking this might be normal, but the BMW has very distinct where you can smell the whole garage. what are your thoughts? especially who live in the colder part of the country?
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:45 AM
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some smells are normal but def not a hugely noticeable one. Its possible they dripped some oil or brake fluid and its burning off wherever it landed.
On a side note I recently had the oil changed on my x5 at an indy ive been using for years, now I notice oil spots on my new paver driveway!! Its been so cold I really don't want to bring it back!!
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I have what I think is the same problem as you. I have from time to time smelled what is obviously an oil burning smell, that I planned to have the dealer investigate. Recently, I have a burning smell that I thought was similar to another vehicle that I had, The smell would be greatest when the heater and fan were ON. Turned out that a Squirell had mad a nest in the fan housing, and the rotation of the fan, plus the added heat, caused the smoldering smell. The smell permeated the interior, and I could never get it removed. That being said, the smell I now have, is VERY similar to that smell, and gets into the interior when heat is on. The difference is that it is as strong OUTSiDE the car. The entire garage will smell. I thought it must be the same, some nest somewhere getting hot/burning. But when I opened the hood to investigate, the smell is coming from the front of the engine by the radiator/fan. I saw no signs of leaves or nest etc. I am wondering if it is some component burning/melting.


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i talked to a fellow member from bimmerfest, he thinks when they do oil change and dont use a funnel, oil might drip down and stay there and get heated up each time causing the smell. I am going to look and see if i find anything like that.
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i talked to a fellow member from bimmerfest, he thinks when they do oil change and dont use a funnel, oil might drip down and stay there and get heated up each time causing the smell. I am going to look and see if i find anything like that.
Certainly, that is possible to cause the burning oil smell initially. But for those of us who have the burning oil smell intermittently, seem to have a different issue, as oil that is spilled would most likely be burned-OFF, either in a matter of hours if driven continually, or after a few days of normal daily driving in my experience.
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Check out my post in this thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ybimmer&page=3

I had two tranny's replaced in my '09 F02. The second bad tranny smelled so bad that when I pulled it into the service reception at the dealership (which is inside) everyone was disgusted by the smell. We never got a real answer, and the car would continue to stink every so often.

So far, my 2013 F02 hasn't smelled anything but new...
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