1996 Honda Accord- Engine has a hot smell

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Old 01-30-09, 09:24 AM
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1996 Honda Accord- Engine has a hot smell

Hi,

This week my wife noticed our car has a hot/chemical smell coming from the engine.

We have 175,000 on the car and replaced the transmission last July.

Anything I should be looking for? Like a belt or leak or something?

Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-30-09, 10:23 AM
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The odor is sweet-smelling maybe? That would be a coolant leak. Other possibility could be a slight oil leak from a worn valve cover gasket dripping onto the exhaust manifold and burning off. Several other things of course.
 

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Maybe it's sweetsmelling. I did look down at the fan housing and there are green drips running down it. Wonder if there was an event at some time.

It is not leaking any stuff down below at this point
 
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Old 01-30-09, 02:22 PM
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Either you have a leaking radiator cap, or a leaking radiator. Are there green antifreeze stains below the radiator cap?
 
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Hello, Could possibly be your water pump is on the verge of dying. Could also be a hose or maybe your thermostat housing gasket is leaking. When the car has been driven for a while and it's warmed up, pop the hood and look around that area. By then the thermostat should have been open and moving coolant through the system. You should be able to spot something, but water pumps sometimes leak just a little at first. Good luck! Jack
 
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Water pump leak would be hard to see as it's timing belt-driven, but it would be a possible suspect.
 
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