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Do I have a problem with my Tundra?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by gdiep, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Nov 29, 2016 at 8:15 AM
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    gdiep

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    When the Tundra is running, I can smell some type of "burning" smell from near the front passenger side wheel well. It smells "hot" like something burning.

    This doesn't appear to be normal to me, but I'm not sure. And there are no CEL's.

    What do you guys think?

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    I just bought this about 2 months ago and have always had this since I bought this.
     
  2. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM
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    maybe mouse nest or some kind of debris in the engine compartment ?

    also did you install a new exhaust by any chance ?
     
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  3. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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    Possible something found it's way between the rotor and caliper?
     
  4. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:54 AM
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    I'll take a good look around the engine compartment. Nothing related to the brakes, because it smells hot when I start the car and leave it idling.
     
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  5. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:57 AM
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    Does it smell like hot metal or something like a plastic piece against a hot part of the engine that is out of place?
     
  6. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    Exhaust is stock.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    Smells like something burning or melting, but I've looked and haven't seen anything obvious.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:02 AM
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    Oil leak? You're going to have to stick your head in there and look around.
     
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  9. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:03 AM
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    if you have a leaf blower..just blow air in the engine bay to remove any debris....I do it once a month
     
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  10. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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    I don't think so, as I've not noticed any oil on my driveway.
     
  11. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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    Good idea.
     
  12. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM
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    It could be burning off. Either way, you're going to have to stare at it in order to determine the cause.
     
  13. Nov 29, 2016 at 10:13 AM
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    Does it have seat heaters?
     
  14. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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    No seat heaters.
     
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    Maybe something got into headers area??? Debris of some sort or something came loose touching them
     
  16. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM
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    Have you felt the wheel hubs to make sure they are not getting hot? Could be a brake dragging.....
     
  17. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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    Like the other said, you may need to get up close and personal down there to narrow it down. Too hard to tell with that info alone, but I wonder if something blew up from the roadway, like a plastic bag or something, that is causing it.

    Good luck!
     
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    It smells like that at idle, right when I start the truck in the morning without driving it.
     
  19. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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    Oh, ok, so it is immediate. You haven't done any wiring work recently have you?
     
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    Depending on date of first use, it should still be under 3/36 warranty.
     
  21. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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    No wiring work done recently, other than retrofit headlights. However, this started before the retrofits. I am under warranty still, but wanted to understand this first before taking it to the dealer (first to eliminate any simple issues like burning debris, then to point the dealer to the problem in case they are not all that interested in diagnosing the problem).
     
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  22. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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    Sorry but I got nothing at this point. Hopefully the dealer can figure it out for you.
     
  23. Nov 29, 2016 at 11:26 AM
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    The only burning smells I've dealt with on a vehicle with that low of miles (besides cam cradles) are seat heater controllers burning up and dust in the vents when the heater is first turned on for winter.
     
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    I had one of those plastic grocery bags hit my exhaust on my last truck - ran over it on the highway and thought it was gone. Guess again...it immediately stuck to the head pipe, and where the tail pipe goes over the rear axle. I didn't know what it was for a while because it smelled like burning brakes or petroleum/asphalt type of a smell and not really a plastic smell. After a lot of looking around, crawled under the truck to see it and then used a heat gun to melt it and paint scraper to peel it off. Could be something like this - even after scraping it off, it took a while for the smell to go away.
     
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    my thoughts too
     
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    Could you use a infrared thermometer and see what areas are getting abnormally hot and then diagnose from there? Just an idea?
     
  27. Nov 29, 2016 at 1:53 PM
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    All great ideas guys. I'll make sure I check it out thoroughly this weekend. By the time I get home from work during the weekday, it's pitch dark. I think I have a better chance of spotting something in the daylight.
     
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    I drove over a plastic grocery bag on the road once and it flew up and melted to me exhaust. Took a long time to burn completely burn off even after scraping it off. Just a thought...
     
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    Very common see this all the time at the shop, they smell horrible and stay there forever. usually take a die grinder and sand them off
     
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