They called him Stinaru Fartester
February 1, 2010 6:49 AM Subscribe
My 2004 Subaru Forester smells like hot...fumey...something, and periodically releases a little puff of smoke or steam from under the hood. Can the hivemind succeed where multiple mechanics have failed, before my warranty runs out in March?
posted by chesty_a_arthur to Grab Bag (15 answers total)
I'm hoping the collective brain can help me identify some problems this might be.
The smell: it smells alternately like hot plastic or hot wiring, and sometimes there's a little something chemical-y thrown in. (I do not have a great sense of smell, so some better sniffer could probably describe this better than I.) It happens especially when the car is idling or driving slowly, perhaps because it is not being blown away in the breeze. All the fluid levels are fine. The temperature is always just a hair under the center line.
What we've ruled out (by fixing them):
-Smell of grease from busted CV boot.
-Bad blower motor (car is quieter but the stink is not entirely gone.)
I want to call the damn dealership again today and say yeah, that smell you fixed? It's still there. But I'd like to make some suggestions about what it might be.
Also taking suggestions for Subaru service in the Cleveland area other than Ganley.