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    Unhappy burning rubber smell, light smoke


    Just got an engine with 64,000/new turbo/clutch kit for my 03 WRX.

    I've driven it 150 miles and now there is a burnt rubber smell with light smoke coming from the turbo/downpipe area after I drive. It is not a lot of smoke, but the smell is gruesome. I've read many posts on here and now I am even more confused.

    Any ideas what this could be? I don't feel safe driving it like this. It just smells like wires touching something hot, but the smoke is almost like steam. All the coolant and oil levels are good. Belts are good. Please someone give me some divine knowledge. It is much appreciated. Thank you!

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    wheres the smoke coming from? might be the head gasket. is it leaking any oil?
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    Is anything touching the DP? There is a rubber AC drain hose that comes through the firewall down there.
    "From a little spark may burst a mighty flame." - Dante
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    The smoke is coming from the turbo area under radiator fluid container. It is a very light smoke that looks like steam. It is not the head gaskets because Subaru replaced them a couple months back. I can only assume that when the mechanics put my engine together, they did not hook something up properly. I need to drive it back to where I live as I am stuck at my parents house in NJ. I hope that I can make it before harming something else.

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