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Old 14 Jun 2010, 08:31 am
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Default Should I buy an Acura RSX T-S that has a slight burning smell?

It's an RSX Type s 2002 with only 55K miles. But it smells a little like burning rubber from under the hood after the test drive. Not real strong, but noticeable. I would have it looked at by a mechanic, but is that good enough? Will a mechanic really be able to tell from a basic inspection if it needs a new clutch... or worse?































I know what a clutch that is really about to go feels like. This one doesn't feel new, and it feels like it doesn't push my foot back up as much as the newer clutch I'm used to on my car... but what else could possibly make that smell, and what's the worst thing it could be?































This did not happen going up or down any hills at all. And I thought I was driving pretty normal, we went kind of fast on the fwy, but it's a type-s, so that should not make anything burn.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 10:01 am
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NO BURNING SMELLS ARE NEVER GOOD WHEN BUYING A CAR. READING THIS ANSWER MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE FROM A CAR FIRE OR WORSE. SERIOUSLY!
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 11:31 am
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It could be a worn out belt or belt tensioner that's putting excess tension on the belt. That's the only thing I can think of that would be rubber and possibly cause a burning smell since the Type S uses a timing chain instead of a belt, so it can't be a timing belt.
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