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Old August 12th, 2019, 18:02
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Engine Compartment Electrical burning smell

I was driving home today and the I smelled this electrical burning in the car. It was much stronger outside. I thought it was someone else. I parked in m drive way and about 15 minutes later I went on the porch and could smell the same thing very strongly from around the corner.

Something is going but I'm not sure where to start. I replaced the battery recently and my voltage sits around 12 at idle and never gets to 14. I was wondering if it cold be the alt going out? I took it for another drive this evening and it started to smell again so I turned off the A/C and when I got home I didn't smell it anymore. It doesn't smell like its coming from inside like I see with the other issues related to fan motor wiring.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 05:56
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Re: Engine Compartment Electrical burning smell

How's the condition of the battery cables?
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Old August 14th, 2019, 07:03
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Re: Engine Compartment Electrical burning smell

I'd check the aux fan. If it is cooking off the motor will likely be very hot to the touch after running, I mean finger blistering hot.. If you can get close enough sniff the motor, if the windings are cooking it has a distinctive fried varnish smell. Don't sniff too much fried windings are supposed to be toxic.
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Old August 14th, 2019, 18:56
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Re: Engine Compartment Electrical burning smell

It has to be something with the AC. I'm scared to turn it back on until I have time to look at this weekend but I haven't smelled any of it since I stopped using it. I found some posts with burning plugs from the resister fan plug that I'm going to look at. I did have the fan on position 1 when it was smoking.
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