Rubber smokey smell after flex pipe / gasket replaced

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Truth, Mar 10, 2006.

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    Truth Guest


    I noticed that immediately after having my flex pipe and gasket
    replaced on a '97 tiburon (95k miles), there was a strong smokey smell,
    which smells like rubber burning. Only light white smoke is visible
    when the car is parked. I called the mechanic who did the repair and
    he told me it's normal-- the paint and stickers on the pipe melt and
    smoke off, should wear off in a couple of days... The smoke appears to
    be coming directly from the location where the new pipe is. Seems
    plausible, but I wanted to get a second opinion from someone who has
    had a similar experience.

    Also, now I do hear a squeaking sound I haven't heard before. Is it
    possible that they didn't properly retension the alternator belt after
    replacing the pipe? The sqeaking seems to be present whether or not
    i'm pressing the brake, and does not change pitch / frequency with
    acceleration. Sometimes it squeaks, sometimes not. This seems to be
    consistent with the alternator belt. I forgot to ask the mechanic
    this, so i'm throwing it out there also.

    Thanks for your comments.
    Truth, Mar 10, 2006
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    Jody Guest

    pipes fine
    Jody, Mar 11, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    They're exactly correct on the pipe. There are about three large stickers
    plastered on the pipes for inventory and shipping purposes. And they
    don't come off easily, either. The pipes are painted as well. Once all
    that junk burns off, your odor will be gone.

    There's absolutely no relationship with the alternator belt and the pipe.
    The mechanic would have had to take off nothing besides the pipe and
    transfer the oxygen sensor into the new pipe. He wouldn't have been
    anywhere near the belts. Chances are, it's coincidental that it occurred
    after the repair, unless the noise is coming from the pipe itself or its
    hyundaitech, Mar 11, 2006
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