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Weird smell when turbo kicks in

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Hi, my when my turbo kicks on my 1988 gl 10 it emitts a weird smell. I cant smell it in the car, but when i step out after I turn it off i can smell it. It smells like a caterpillar, i cant link it with anything else than a caterpillar. What the hell is this? is my turbo actually a giant caterpillar in disguise or is it something else?!?

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Thats called burning rubber :burnout:

 

When the turbo is boosting its also creating lots of heat.

Look for stuff thats close to it to see if its melting.

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I would go for burning oil smell. Mark that one for your vocabulary of smells as knowing different smells comes in handy for troubleshooting cars.

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no its not a burning oil smell, i cant explain it at all, its weird i have smelt this before on a car, it does not smell like a head gasket either, is there such thing as an exhaust gasket?

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Burning coolant.

 

Probably cracked heads in the exhaust port.

 

Check you coolant regularly and you can drive it for a long time still.:rolleyes:

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Well, we dont have smell a vision here so everything is speculation.

Keep a eye on all fluid levels and for smoke, thats all we can suggest.

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