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Old 02-16-2008, 04:23 AM   #1
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We tow our new 07 Honda CRV 4-down. Sometimes their is an awful smell coming from the hood area. Smells like something is burning.
Have checked the trans fluid and its full. The fluid doesen't smell bad.
Could the brakes be the problem?
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We tow our new 07 Honda CRV 4-down. Sometimes their is an awful smell coming from the hood area. Smells like something is burning.
Have checked the trans fluid and its full. The fluid doesen't smell bad.
Could the brakes be the problem?
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:36 AM   #3
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I went through the same issue with my Ford Explorer. Every time we would start and use the toad after a day of towing, it would smell like a combination of burned rubber, etc. I had the dealer check everything...brakes, tranny, etc. Everything was fine.

Finally, other folks on this forum described similar circumstances...the reason is that while you are towing your car, bits of rubber, oily stuff, and other grime from the road sticks to the engine and exhaust system. Then, when you use the toad and heat up the engine/exhaust manifolds, etc, all that stuff burns off and emits the smell.

You may have another problem but if your CRV runs, drives and otherwise checks out fine, that may be the cause. We've towed our Explorer thousand of miles with no problems but we always get that smell for about an hour when we first use the car after towing.
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Ditto on SMLRanger's explanation...Have had similar experience with our CRV; sometimes takes a couple hours of driving before odors subside.
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Our PT Cruiser does the same. The smell only lasts a few minutes so we just ignore it.
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Ditto the above. Same at times after towing our CRV. We no longer worry about it.
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We tow a 2007 CRV and have not had this problem.
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I tow a 07 CRV and have not noticed this problem.
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I have noticed from day one that without towing you also have that smell which does smell like trans.fluided burning to me.I towed ours to Fla. and back to New Jersey in Jan. we did have the same smell but no problems.I belive it is the nature of the beast.
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I towed a 1999 CR-V 81,000 miles and drove it another 120,000 miles and I never had a burning smell. I now have a 2007 CR-V and have 22,000 combined driving and towing miles on it. So far no smells. Several of my friends tow CR-V including 2007 and 2008 models. They have never complained about smells either.
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I noticed the smell a few days after taking delivery when it is stored in the garage.The smell is strong in garage but not that noticable when in the outdoors.I can only compare it to the smell of hot tranny fluid.
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