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maxp

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170 posts

72 months

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Wednesday 15th August 2012 quote quote all
Hi guys,

2002 focus 2 litre with 65k miles. Only had it a month or so.
After journeys of more than 10 minutes, when getting out the car I can smell something that can only be described as burning rubber or oil from the engine compartment but cannot put my finger on it.


The smell is familiar, as a mate of mine also used to have a 2.0 focus and I remember smelling the same odour, although I didnt mention it at the time.


mnkiboy

2,489 posts

52 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
I had a 2L Focus for 3 years and don't remember this smell. Obvious thing to check would be to see if there's any oil around the engine bay. I remember mine used to leak slightly from the cam cover gasket, but never caused any oily smell.

Justin S

2,279 posts

147 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
Yes, check the rocker cover, thay can weep. Cheeap enough to swop it out.

Rickyy

4,639 posts

105 months

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Saturday 18th August 2012 quote quote all
As other have said, check the rocker cover gasket, possibly dripping oil on to the exhaust manifold.

Also check the manifold heatshield hasn't come loose and started to melt the wiring for the radiator fans. This happened to mine.

wiliferus

2,436 posts

84 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Rickyy said:
As other have said, check the rocker cover gasket, possibly dripping oil on to the exhaust manifold.

Also check the manifold heatshield hasn't come loose and started to melt the wiring for the radiator fans. This happened to mine.
+ 1 Another vote for the rocker cover gasket. Mines sat on the drive leaking oil as you read this! I recall they're not a lot of money and a reasonably easy home spanner job if you are that way inclined. And they do stink if oil when they start to drip onto the manifold cover.
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Allyc85

4,888 posts

72 months

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Sunday 14th October 2012 quote quote all
New rocker cover gasket sorted the oily smell on my mk1 Focus, though I need to change the sump on it soon as it is rusting away!
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