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Old 11-14-2015, 05:33 AM   #1
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Burnt smell in engine area

This smell Just started. I drove 10 minutes when I smelled a burnt electrical oder inside the coach. I found the smell origonating in the engine area. I don't think the source is electricall overheat but don't know what's the cause ???Anyone had this happen??? Cummings 350 DP
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:24 AM   #2
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Maybe a belt?
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:36 AM   #3
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Alternator.... ?
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Far too many possibilities to list. Only questions .

Alternator output normal on the dash gauge?
Dash air conditioner working properly ?
Any chance of rodent damage to the engine wiring harness?
Any service work done just prior to the problem?
Any chance you ran over any kind of plastic bag ( etc. ) on the road and it's melted onto the exhaust?
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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All good food for thought and investigation. I have today dedicated for deep exploration of the pribkem. No i didnt have Any work done or other things that could have set it off. All guages, sounds and indications are normal. I hope to report something later. ???
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:31 AM   #6
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Brings back memories…

This summer, coming back from a trip to Colorado, my wife smelled ‘something’ about 20 miles from our home. I just brushed it off as something coming in from outside, and ‘don’t worry about it’ we’re almost home...

As soon as we arrived home and I turned off the engine the whole coach went up in flames. Engine fire, probably started by a wire harness touching a heat shield. Took 20 minutes to burn all the way down to the chassis.

I would suggest to first locate the source before driving your coach again.
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:57 PM   #7
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I found the problem. Its the alternator. Voltage on the dash guage shows 12v charge (normally 14v) and then i felt the alternator after running fir 20 minutes and it was very hot to my touch. Its nit squeeling but I know something isn't normal with it. So now, i will swap it out. It only has 53,000 miles. HeThanks for the help...
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Good catch. It's far less traumatic and expensive to diagnose and repair this stuff in the driveway than on the side of the interstate.



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Agree most assuredly Mike. Now I have found a nearby auto electric who does many alternators so Monday, I will learn if it avantagious to buy off the shelf or have them rebuild mine. I can remove and install myself.
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Glad you found it Steve!
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