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Unread 12-09-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
allterrainkj
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Burning Smell When Not Moving

Whenever I start my KJ for the first time, and almost every time I stop moving (whether it be at a stop sign or parked) I have a burning smell. It isn't there when I open the hood, only when inside the vehicle when not in motion. Does anyone know what it might be? It hasn't even been 1,000 miles since I changed the oil, so I don't think it's that. I've also experimented with the heat, A/C, and defrost and I don't think it's that either. Any ideas?

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Unread 12-09-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Did you have the smell before you changed the oil? If not the you might have spilled some oil on the exhaust and it is leaking into the passenger compartment.
Just a thought.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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Problem figured out - Passenger side valve cover gasket is leaking. Any tips on fixing it?
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Unread 12-09-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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Problem figured out - Passenger side valve cover gasket is leaking. Any tips on fixing it?
You answered your own question before I got a chance to - well done!

Good news: You found the problem. Bad news: It's the passenger side, which is definitely the more difficult of the two to replace.

You'll need to move the coolant reservoir to the center of the engine compartment to get it out of the way, then pull the heater core hoses off the firewall so you have enough room to take off the valve cover. You do NOT have to remove any of the A/C hoses so no worries there.

Also take the oil filler neck off the block; the reason you do that is so you don't have to attempt to open that *&^%#^ clip that holds the heater core hoses together right next to the filler neck. The heater hose clip is attached to the filler neck and it's just much easier to move the entire filler neck than wrestle with an uncooperative clip.

Once you do that you'll have to lift the harness clips that hold the fuel injector and coil pack wiring in place. Then remove the bolts holding the cover to the cylinder head - it can be a bit of a pain to lift the cover away from the firewall as that back corner is a bit tight. Be sure to replace the grommets with the new ones that come with the new gaskets.

Hope this helps!

Bob
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