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Old 01-30-2015, 06:17 AM   #11
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Thanks Meagan. I'll get that to you in a bit. It did happen again yesterday. The smell is definitely coming from the exhaust. I did pop the hood and there was no smell coming from under there.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:31 PM   #12
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I have had the same thing happen a couple of times. Never really paid it no mind. Also on 2 different mornings while in the single digits when I would let the car warm up the idle did not kick down until I burped the throttle.
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I have had the same thing happen a couple of times. Never really paid it no mind. Also on 2 different mornings while in the single digits when I would let the car warm up the idle did not kick down until I burped the throttle.
When your engine is idling in cold condition, there's almost no heat created when it's -15°C or less. When it's that cold, you only need to wait until the RPM drop to 1k and then you are ready to drive. The engine will get warm very fast only if you drive it. This will harm way less your engine.
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I agree. I always wait for the idle to kick down. I just find it odd that after 12-15 minutes it still is idling at about 1250 rpm. The car is blowing heat and as soon as you touch the throttle it drops to about 750 rpm. Most mornings it stays at high idle for about 30 seconds than drops to about 1000 rpm and stays there until it is warm than drops again to the 750 rpm range.
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Thanks Meagan. I'll get that to you in a bit. It did happen again yesterday. The smell is definitely coming from the exhaust. I did pop the hood and there was no smell coming from under there.
I'll keep an eye out. :)

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Hmm I had this happen for the first time on sunday, I could smell it in the engine bay but it went away and I couldn't find the source of anything burning. It was -18 the morning after a snowstorm.
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Hmm I had this happen for the first time on sunday, I could smell it in the engine bay but it went away and I couldn't find the source of anything burning. It was -18 the morning after a snowstorm.
Thanks for informing, LFrench. What is the year and current odometer reading on your Focus? Send that over, along with your preferred dealer; I'll look into this.

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I just had this happen today in my 2016 focus. I could not find anything visibly wrong. Blower was on 4 and defrost running. Car idled about 10 mins. Was about 7 degrees outside. Drove normal and temp gauge remained where it always is.
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