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Old 07-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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Car engine shaking, squealing and giving off burning smell

I have a 2001 Ford Focus zx3 with about 145000 miles, bought it about a year and a half ago and has almost always had the engine light on. Never had any problems with it until this morning. Tried to drive it and it started giving off this burnt plastic/rubber smell and the engine started shaking pretty hard. It shakes at idle, when driving, when stopped. It doesn't matter how fast or how slow, the shaking is constant. A squealing noise from under the hood also started up and worsens as it accelerates. Engine light starts blinking on and off after all of this. Just changed the oil about 3 or 4 days ago so I know it has nothing to do with the oil level. Brought it to the shop this morning but they wont be able to look at it until tomorrow. Any ideas?


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Old 07-01-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
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It's hard to tell what exactly is going on with out engine codes... But iirc, a flashing check engine light indicates severe misfire or knock, witch is consistent with running rough and a bad smell. As for the squealing and smell that could be anything... My guess would be the belt... But like I said, it could be anything...

Also, come to think of it, it could just be a seized pulley on the belt altogether, I mean, this would cause a burning smell, the belt would squel and the engine light could flash because the engine is having trouble running due to drag...
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I would guess with the squealing and the burnt rubber smell is that your belt is slipping and burning
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.............and fix the light. It may be you could have had warning of something going bad but leaving that light alone has now cost you damage because you didn't.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #6
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So I know this is a bit late...I actually forgot I posted this. So lets bring everything up to speed. Brought my car to the shop and they said it was my ignition coil. They replaced it and it ran normally after that. Now I have a new problem. This is 4 months later, I have discovered a rapid coolant leak coming from the right side of my engine. One of my friends diagnosed it as a leaking thermostat housing and/or gasket. I plan on replacing it friday but I have been having to drive it with this problem for the past week. It doesn't pver heat as long as I keep coolant in it which I have to do every time I go to drive the car. Other than the leak, it runs fine.....until today. Today I started it up and its giving me the same symptoms it did when my ignition coil failed. Do you think that this could be something else possibly realted to the coolant leak or is it my brand new ignition coil going oit again????
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #7
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Fix known problems first.

You need to quit deferring necessary repairs, they never fix themselves and they often cause much more expensive problems by waiting.
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Also, when your check engine light turns on, get the code. Autozone reads them for free and gives you the definition on a receipt paper.

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Ignition coil is fairly close to the thermostat, coolant spraying all over that could def. cause ign. issues...
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More to this than being told, original fault was a coil (?) alone 'and it ran normally after that.' but no way not ever does a coil make squealing noises. Somebody is leaving out details that quite possibly could tilt the outcome. No way on earth would anyone diagnose a coil by squealing noises.
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