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Smell of Burning??

My OH was out with her son yesterday 20 mile round trip and it was mentioned that when she opened to boot on 2 occasions she smelt burning (electrical???) no smoke evident. Her son conformed this.

I had a good look round with the boot open could not see any suspect areas re wiring also checked underneath the car. Took it out for a 10 min spin returned home, opened the boot no smell.

Has anyone had any experience of this type of occurrence as I do not want to bother the dealership at this point in time, especially when I could not detect anything.

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Re: Smell of Burning??

Worth checking rear hatch wiring
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Worth checking rear hatch wiring
I was thinking about that. Is the rubber sleeve easy to prise away?
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I would check all rear hatch electrical functions and if everything works, don’t disturb the wiring.

The ‘hot’ thing at the back of the car is the exhaust box (silencer/muffler), I’d look for a plastic bag etc. that’s blown onto it and become wrapped around/melted. Could also be some kind of under body protection that’s warmed up from unusually fast driving and dropped onto the exhaust?

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I would check all rear hatch electrical functions and if everything works, donít disturb the wiring.

The Ďhotí thing at the back of the car is the exhaust box (silencer/muffler), Iíd look for a plastic bag etc. thatís blown onto it and become wrapped around/melted. Could also be some kind of under body protection thatís warmed up from unusually fast driving and dropped onto the exhaust?

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Re: Smell of Burning??

Been monitoring for a month now. Done a thorough check underneath and around exhaust. All heat shields are in place and nothing trapped or dangling.


It appears to be localised around the exhaust and sometimes you cannot detect anything. Car runs fine and you cannot detect the smell from inside the car.


1st service due in 2 months time so will let them have a look.
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Re: Smell of Burning??

What's engine is it?
If it's the 1.3 probably just the dpf regenning
Get it occasionally on mine
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