[modern] Smell from vents!

Hi Jag-lovers,

Problem: When I turn on the blower, i get a smell which is very “engine
like”. After a few minutes it goes away. Does anyone know what the
problem and solution might be ?

thanks

Naren
89 Burg. Sov.,98K

Its time to do the heater core thing…

BrettDate: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 10:43:16 -0500 (CDT)
From: Narendra Dubey dubey@viper.cems.umn.edu
Subject: [modern] Smell from vents !
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Message-id: Pine.HPP.3.91.990404103906.20683A-100000@viper.cems.umn.edu

Hi Jag-lovers,

Problem: When I turn on the blower, i get a smell which is very “engine
like”. After a few minutes it goes away. Does anyone know what the
problem and solution might be ?

thanks

Naren
89 Burg. Sov.,98K

Narendra wrote:

Problem: When I turn on the blower, i get a smell which is very “engine
like”. After a few minutes it goes away. Does anyone know what the
problem and solution might be ?

In the engine compartment near below windshield wiper motor mounted on the
firewall there is a drain fitting for the air intake area below the
windshield. This drain is fitted with a rubber “duckbill” that is intended
to allow drainage of water from the air intake area, but to prevent engine
compartment fumes from being pulled into the car’s interior. You might check
to see if this duckbill has deteriorated, stuck open because of debris in the
opening, or fallen off. You can see it with the hood open, but it’s easiest
to access from under the car.

It could also be that your heater core is leaking, or that a blower motor is
overheating on turn-on due to poor lubrication.

Dave Lokensgard
'55 XK140 OTS
'86 Volvo 740 Turbo
'90 Burgundy Sovereign 4.0L (PATZCAT) 106K
'90 Majestic 62K
Poway, California

Another possibility is one I encountered some months ago. The valve
cover gasket had split at the right-rear of the cover. Due to the
angle and tilt of the head, oil pools on top of the head at that point.
I don’t know if that contributed to the split’s location or not. I
suspect the engine cleaner I had used had caused the gasket to dry and
harden. I don’t clean as often anymore and I now use a vinyl spray,
a la Brett, to keep things shiny and supple under the hood.

At any rate, oil was coming through the split and dripping on the
manifold. It was most noticable at start-up and when standing by the
car after shutdown. While running, there is enough airflow from the
fan that you don’t smell it.–
–Pete Crosby (pac@atl.hp.com a.k.a. @Pete_Crosby3)
1988 BRG XJ40 in the sunny south (Atlanta, GA, USA)

Its time to do the heater core thing…

Brett

Date: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 10:43:16 -0500 (CDT)
From: Narendra Dubey dubey@viper.cems.umn.edu
Subject: [modern] Smell from vents !
Sender: owner-modern@jag-lovers.org
To: modern@jag-lovers.org
Message-id: Pine.HPP.3.91.990404103906.20683A-100000@viper.cems.umn.edu

Hi Jag-lovers,

Problem: When I turn on the blower, i get a smell which is very “engine
like”. After a few minutes it goes away. Does anyone know what the
problem and solution might be ?

thanks

Naren
89 Burg. Sov.,98K