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    Engine Smells Hot?

    This might belong in the engine forum...but I wanted as much feedback as possible.


    So longstory short:

    I went to my bodyshop to get an estimate for a deer incident (The roads were snowy so I had no choice but to break and slow down, I'm lucky I hit it as slow as I did or I would have had even more problems, bottom line it needs a new headlight, front bumper cover, fog light covers, left front fender...etc yada yada...2300 bucks---it happened a while ago actually, I'm not sure why I bring this up now, but I digress)

    Anyway I take it over there and he is a great guy, knows his stuff, does a lot of high end work, so I trust him.....anyways when I pull in and open the hood so he can look for internal damage, he says, "it smells hot"....I was in a rush so I didn't press him on it, I'm sure he could explain it better, but anybody have an idea what he is talking about, or is that just the general smell of our engines after a fairly spirited run....I guess the smell has been there but I never noticed it until someone pointed it out.... anythoughts, I won't have a chance to get up there until Jan 16 when I take it to be dropped off so I figured I see what you guys thinks....

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    It is hot. Tell your mechanic not to lick it.
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    He could be reffering o the "HOT" smell as coolant. You could have cracked your reseviour(SP?) or have a small leak from the rad. When a caris running hot or about to over-heat, you can smell coolant sometimes, and that is what he could have ment. Just my guess though.

    P.S. Burning coolant or hot for that matter smells sweet and sugary.
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    Eh...I'm not stressing, car is performing great, as far as I can tell
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    That may be the most vague and useless troubleshooting comment I've ever heard. Kind of like a doctor telling you "you have two legs and two arms" if you go to see him because you're sick. Kind of sort of totally useless...
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    Yeah its very vague, I don't blame him though, I trust him and respect his work, but afterall he is a body specialist and I was having the car appraised, it was just a small observation on his part..
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