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Old 04-01-2005, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Smells like Band-aids???

Every once in a while I will get a hint of burning rubber in the cabin of my 88 S4. It is not very strong and smells more like band-aids than it does burning rubber, but no matter what the smell cant be good for my ride. I do remember someone else having a post here describing the same odor, but I cant find the post anywhere in the archives.

I have driven my car about six times this winter and I have noticed the odor seems to come and go when I am running the heat. I thought at first it could be my blower motor, but I am not entirely sure because I still get the band-aid smell after I shut the blower off, and run the heat only. The smell does go away when I shut the heat off.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to what it could be?

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Old 04-01-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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It might be the infamous "Y" connector. There's a description and fix for the problem at http://www.nichols.nu/tip181.htm It usually smells like gas or oil, but I'm sure the smell depends on what's leaked into that area. Check it out, could be a cheap fix.

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Little critters had previously taken winter residence in the engine side of the heater core box: unusual odours accompanied springtime driving - although 'band aids' is not the most apt description ....
Loosen the rubber bellows between the blower fan and the plenum/box if you are curious for a peek.
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A couple of times after parking the beast I saw some "oil smoke" coming in through the console. It hasn't happened for a while, but will follow the above suggestions if it happens again.
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could be smokin' credit cards... they usually take some heavy damage from the 928.
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Old 04-02-2005, 09:04 PM   #6
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Garth- thanks for the tip. I wish you could smell it you wouldnt believe how much it smells like band-aids.

Carl- I hear you there. It never fails everytime I set money aside to do the things I want- like new tires- the car has something else in mind.

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