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Old 04-01-2005, 01:16 AM   #1
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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, 02:13 AM   #2
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It might be the infamous "Y" connector. There's a description and fix for the problem at 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.

Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:29 AM   #3
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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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Old 04-02-2005, 07:09 PM   #4
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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, 10:04 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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