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post #16 of 32 Old 02-19-2014, 06:22 AM
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Was anyone else with similar problems running a cold air intake?


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I have a stock intake with a wix air filter...

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I have a stock intake with a wix air filter...
Oh, I thought maybe it was from getting so much salty air in from the open cone

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I have 4.0 and gotten the same thing. Smelled like burning plastic/coolant to me. When my dad was checking it out, we discovered I have a weeping freeze plug at the front of the motor. Hoping that is the problem.
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Interesting. I'll take a peak at that! That could explain why it *appears* I'm slowly losing coolant (though I haven't check the current level vs the mark I made a couple weeks ago).

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Mines been slowly disappearing too, so we weren't exactly sure where it was going. I believe its the first freeze plug on mine, it was difficult to see/get a flashlight in between the manifold tubes and block.
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Got the "Blow up Mistress" working overtime have you Chris??
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Got the "Blow up Mistress" working overtime have you Chris??
Hahaha! Yup! Between the wife, baby, J-10, TJ, WJ, two jobs, and family vehicle maintenance, I barely even have time for the mistress!

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Forgot one other thing...I hit the A/C button the other day by accident while the heat was on (and it was like -3 F), which let to a pretty gross coolant smell until I realized what I had done and turned it off.
Sometimes the ac turns it self on when you turn on the heat(sneaky little ish)

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Just a thought, I had a Tahoe that had a bad rear axle seal and it caused gear oil from the axle to leak onto the brake rotor. When I drove it it caused the gear oil to burn and burning gear oil smells more like garbage than any automotive fluid I can think of.

If it comes back maybe check your rear axle seals or for gear oil leaks anywhere, really.

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Saturday, I noticed my radiator fan relay(s) are shot. In 04, they're located in the fuse box under the hood. I wonder if the smell was the relay(s) toasting themselves...

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post #28 of 32 Old 03-11-2014, 07:22 AM
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Add me to the coolant leak camp.
I'm thinking there's a leak that's only apparent when the system is pressurized. Small for now but could get big in a hurry. Can you do a radiator pressure test?
Sometimes a parts store will loan the equipment and it's no more complicated than clamping on a hand pump with a dial gauge to the radiator fill neck to see if it can hold air pressure for a given period of time.

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Next time I stop by O'Reillys, I'll see what they have on hand. If they have the proper tool, they'll probably let me borrow it for a bit. They know me too well...

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post #30 of 32 Old 03-25-2014, 03:21 PM
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Got my freeze plugs fixed last week and haven't smelled it since. (It got pretty bad near the tail end, was smelling the burning coolant for 10-15 minutes straight sometimes.)
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