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Old 11-05-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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2012 focus acrid burning smell

As per the thread title I was driving my car the other day and everything was going smoothly up until the point that my car needed to upshift while accelerating rather gently it refused to upshift until the rpm's had red lined.

Afterwards I noticed this acrid smell coming in through my ac vents so I took it to the dealership thinking I might have roasted the clutch on the powershift but when one of the techs came out they said they couldn't smell anything.

Which is weird because u would still get whiffs of it from time to time I even managed too squirrel my arm far enough down too touch the transmission and it was actually fairly cool which makes me wonder what was making that smell.

Now my car has gotten stuck in a gear before but it self corrected when I shut it off and it annoyingly also self cleared the code which means the tech's couldn't figure out what was wrong.

But I wondering what could have made that smell.


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Old 11-05-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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what kind of smell was it? burning metal, burning plastic? etc.
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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it smelled kinda of like burning plastic but the only strange behavior I had happen before the smell started happening is the refusal to upshift.

It smell's almost like I remember from welding in the shop in HS hot plastic and really really hot metal.

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Good chance it's actually nothing, but keep hounding the dealership until they figure out *what* it is.

More importantly, look up the use of "Too" on Google. Every single time you've written it you should be using "To".
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could be any number of things... if it happens again, I would inform the dealership immediately, so they know there's an issue. they wont be able to do anything (or just wont) unless they can reproduce the issue, but it would be good to let them know something is wrong, that way if its ever something major and they deny a warranty claim or anything, you can go back and argue and say you've made them aware of the situation prior,

but like hotleadsingerguy said, chances are it's nothing and it was a one-off, might have been a clutch but depending on how tough it is it can take quite a beating... I glazed the f out of my Mazdaspeed 3's clutch learning to drive it and acting like a jack@$$, and it held up just fine till I traded her in.
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I once had a toxic smell and it was a plastic shopping bag wrapped around the exhaust.
Struggled to get all the plastic off as I did not want to use sandpaper.
Was able to get most of it off once the exhaust was ice cold.
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So what was the problem?
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I also had a burning plastic smell in the cabin today. Opened windows, thinking it was something outside. It wasn't.

Have no idea what it was, as it is now gone.
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I also had a burning plastic smell in the cabin today. Opened windows, thinking it was something outside. It wasn't.

Have no idea what it was, as it is now gone.
riding that clutch lol!?
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