Car is... 2001 Outback 3.0L Automatic with 122,000 miles.
The "other half" drove it all last week (claims nothing happened, and car was fine) got it back, and first thing I notice...
Was backing out of a driveway (slight decline) while turning the wheels to park on the street. (Turning the wheel right) Two or three clunk/thunks.
An hour later, got on the freeway, after about 2 miles at 60MPH, noticed a strong smell of fresh asphalt/ hot roofing tar. Thought I was behind a truck hauling fresh blacktop or something.
Got off the freeway, pulled into a parking lot- while turning the wheel (don't remember which way) Heard another thunk - sounded like something broke. Looked under the car almost expecting to see a broken something... (driveshaft?) Saw nothing obvious- At this point I'm about 10 miles from home, and decide to go for it.
On country highway (50MPH) I again notice the same fresh asphalt/tar smell, though not as strong as before. Car drives and steers OK - I don't notice anything weird in that regard. And it didn't clunk anymore on the way home- Parked in the garage, and now the garage has a faint smell of asphalt/tar.
I haven't had a chance yet to jack the car up for further investigation- but by looking underneath/under the hood, I can't see anything obviously wrong. I went around and felt all of the wheels as soon as I pulled into the garage, and they all felt of a similar temperature (not hot) There was no smoke, or puddles of anything.
I'm no mechanic, but I like to think I know my "car smells" this is not burning oil, coolant, rubber, or the rotton egg smell of a "cat". Smells like the asphalt plant I used to work next to.
Ideas??? any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! -K
Edited by KaraK, 01 December 2011 - 06:09 PM.