Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Twin Cities, MN
2013 Sonata SE 2.0T
2016 Toyota 4Runner Trail
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Burning Smell Inside Coming off the Turbo
Hi All, I have briefly searched the Forum and found a couple of threads on burning smells. The smell I experienced was oil and coolant like smell, not electrical or petroleum.
Please let me set the table; This morning it was -10*F in Minneapolis and while driving to work I noticed a burning smell in the cabin. I opened the window to see if it was the outside smell and it wasn't but the smell went away. About 10 minutes later it smelled again. When I got to work I popped the hood and then lifted off the engine cover and found the smell source, it appears to be coming off the turbo. I could see heat coming off the turbo and maybe a faint smoke but again it was -10* so maybe just heat. I did not drive the car hard at all, maximum RPM could not been above 4,000 because of the fear of black ice. I have never experienced this smelled before even after hard driving. On my drive home tonight it was +5*F and I did not experience the smell and believe I was waiting for it. I have 5,500 miles on the ODO thus it cannot be the machine oil used during manufacturing. My wife also complained to me about a burning smell also on a cold day but I kind of blew it off because she is always looking for something wrong, now I have to believe her because now I have experienced it. The oil was changed at 3,000 with M1 0w40, K&N oil filter and no oil was spilled in the oil fill up.
Anyone in cold weather states or Canada ever experience the burning smell coming off the turbo when it was bitterly cold? I know that bitterly cold temps makes cars do funny things but I have never had a turbo charged car before my Sonata.
2013 Sonata SE 2.0T, Harbor Gray. K&N 33-2448, Rear Lip Spoiler. All LED interior. Smoked Chrome LED Tail Lights. Yokahama ADVAN Sport A/S. Winter Package: Veloster Turbo 18" wheels with Michelin Alpin Pilot PA3