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So I've had my FJ for a few weeks now, and I notice a very strong smell of burning oil or something after I turn off the engine. It seems to be especially strong near the clutch. It stinks up the whole garage. Call the dealer?? I thought it might be just because the car is new, but I don't recall this with my Tacoma....
 

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I will. It goes in tomorrow. Today they were saying it's probably a plastic bag stuck underneath... I doubt it. The more I think about it, the smell is burning RUBBER. I've checked out the engine/ oil level etc..... clean as a whistle. No leaks that I can see, including my garage floor. They had better figure this out and not just brush it off -- something is definitely not right.
 

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So I got the big brush off at the dealer -- they say it's probably the Perma Plate burning somewhere. I can buy that, but jeez, they could have told me that on the phone.... Plus, this stink has been going on for a while now. We shall see...
 

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Thanks for the info, I would keep a close smeller to it for awahile, what they are saying is sprayed on before things are assembled to the frame. Unless the dealer sprayed it after getting the vehicle, which I doubt.

One way to find it, if it is what they say, is after the engine gets to operating temp, In the dark place a light under the hood and see if you see any fumes or smoke, it may be small amounts. Use a low light not a 100-500 watt.
 

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smell is solved

Ok, so get this.... they finally figured it out. The bottom plate was cracked (presumably from a rock), and oil was leaking (slowly). The parts are going to cost, and I refused to pay. The smell has been there since the day I bought it. Notable is the fact that I have yet to take it off-road, however when I bought it, the interior was loaded with sand and the mud flaps full of mud. Some Toyota jerk did this, not me!! Service says they should be able to get Toyota to pay under warranty...

AAARRRGGGHHHH........
 

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FJ problem - HELP

Ok, so I am getting more and more pissed off about this situation, and my lawyer friends are getting me all riled up. What do you guys think?? I mean, I bought this FJ with what has been found to be a cracked oil pan. As I have said, it was clearly taken offroad, probably by the [email protected] who drove it from one dealer to another (it came across the SF bay). This idiot probably hit a boulder or something, right?? There could be possibly a lot more wrong with it, I am guessing. Can't I ask them to do a FULL diagnostic of the car? Or take it to an independent mechanic to do that who will not be biased?? My friends are even telling me that I should make them trade it, but it now has about 1,000 miles on it (I bought it with about 100). Again, it was loaded with sand and mud in the interior & exterior when it arrived. MY fault I guess for buying the beast like that, but I didn't think much of it. It was the only one in the area which had everything I wanted.

It has a skid plate. How the hell could this happen?? The service guy said "oh, it could have just been from a small rock". From the freeway??? I don't think so. I have bottomed out a car and cracked the oil pan, I KNOW what that sounds like, it's LOUD.

what to do next??? :(
 

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From your previous post it sounded like the dealer would repair it. If so, its warranty doing it. The dealer will not submit to a complete FREE diagnostic unless you have major problems. You also have other avenues if major repairs do not fix the problem. Hopefully after this problem is repaired, it will be the last off it. wish you the best of luck.
 

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hi-i'm just lurking around from the 05+ tacoma forum. here's the thing-i'm sure you realize by now that you should have said something about the condition of the truck when you took delivery. with that being said, if the dealership is going to do the repair for you at no charge, you should just smile, nod, and let them do it. whether or no you did it going over a rock, driving down the freeway ( i believe you that you didn't) or an evil gremlin cracked it with a hammer and chisel in the middle of the night, it is not something that is warranty. oil pans do not just crack, something has to strike them-that is not a defective part, thus not warrantable. whether it was the person who did the dealer trade or someone at the store itself, toyota will not pay for it, they will reject the claim and tell the dealership to tell the customer to contact their insurance company.(toyota would assume the customer did it) anyway-----as i am sure that you did not yet get your customer satisfaction survey from toyota regarding your purchase, it may be in your best interest to go to the general manager of the store if service gives you any trouble with fixing it and let him know what's going on. those surveys mean a LOT to dealerships. they tell toyota how the dealership is doing and that affects what kind of treatment they receive from the factory. if he is a smart business man, he will bend over backwards to please you so you give him a favorable score on his report card.
good luck.
 
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