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Old 02-11-2006, 06:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Crucat yours sounds like my problem - not any plastic label burning off. I wonder if the brake guys (Zeckhausen et al) can comment on the composition of the brake pad material ..My brake rotors were more than warm to the touch in city traffic..engine temp was within normal operating temp. Perhaps the parkng brake stays engaged.. so many possibilities.

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hey jay let me know what your dealer says, I just smells "hot" if you know what i mean, can't really put my finger on it, but I haven't driven the car in an excessive manner when it happens just normal driving. I need to look into it further and I really don't think it is a major issue at all just something I have noticed.
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Last week I had an unscheduled trip to the dealer becaused the car smelled like I had driven it with the handbrake on for a few hours. You could smell it from yards away, even hours later.

The dealer did not find anything but he asked if I lived on a steep hill. Yes I did and yes, it had snowed a bit and I got down the hill with a lot of ABS and anti skid action. Well thats was the reason, in the 300c these systems are not very refined (the dealer called them a rather nasty word I will not repeat). The ABS combined with the brake assist system only seems to have an on/off brake setting, causing the brakepads and all around it to heat up rather fast. It is not a smooth system like in every other car we got up here. Still love the car, but for the winter months I'll got back to my Landcruiser. But if you smell your car after the ABS system has been operating, don't be worried.

Btw, the car seems to chime at me for just about anything, but you can still drive off with the handbrake on (yes, we all done that). I honestly did not know there were high end cars that allowed that.
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Friend of mine at work has a C that has been causing him some problems. Early build, delivered 04/04. Dies after a fill-up, dealer has had it 5 or 6 times, still does it. Lately he has a burning smell too, but on the highway at speed, no brakes, nothing. Just suddenly gets a hot rubber/wiring insulation kinda smell. Dealer says he can find nothing. The car is out of the lemon parameters, so can't go that way. I think it is time to at least change dealers .... mine is good. He's wanting to find the problem but has been trying to work with the original dealer.
Whew, whole point is that he has smoke smell with the car at cruise speed, no braking having happened for a long time.

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Friend of mine at work has a C that has been causing him some problems. Early build, delivered 04/04. Dies after a fill-up, dealer has had it 5 or 6 times, still does it. Lately he has a burning smell too, but on the highway at speed, no brakes, nothing. Just suddenly gets a hot rubber/wiring insulation kinda smell. Dealer says he can find nothing. The car is out of the lemon parameters, so can't go that way. I think it is time to at least change dealers .... mine is good. He's wanting to find the problem but has been trying to work with the original dealer.
Whew, whole point is that he has smoke smell with the car at cruise speed, no braking having happened for a long time.
Yeah kinda strange! But your description may fit my condition...

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Friend of mine at work has a C that has been causing him some problems. Early build, delivered 04/04. Dies after a fill-up, dealer has had it 5 or 6 times, still does it. Lately he has a burning smell too, but on the highway at speed, no brakes, nothing. Just suddenly gets a hot rubber/wiring insulation kinda smell. Dealer says he can find nothing. The car is out of the lemon parameters, so can't go that way. I think it is time to at least change dealers .... mine is good. He's wanting to find the problem but has been trying to work with the original dealer.
Whew, whole point is that he has smoke smell with the car at cruise speed, no braking having happened for a long time.
Has he had the battery cable recall done on his car? Applies to about 20,000 300s built before April 21st 2004, this can cause an electrical fire and should have been done allready if its been to the dealership. The dies after fill up was covered in another thread here recently, replace the gas tank or a valve on top of it IIRC.

jaydee, wouldnt be the labels with 14k on it, that should be gone within the first 100 miles. I didnt find any other bulletins about burning smells, and have not had any customers complain about it yet.

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Last week I had an unscheduled trip to the dealer becaused the car smelled like I had driven it with the handbrake on for a few hours. You could smell it from yards away, even hours later.

The dealer did not find anything but he asked if I lived on a steep hill. Yes I did and yes, it had snowed a bit and I got down the hill with a lot of ABS and anti skid action. Well thats was the reason, in the 300c these systems are not very refined (the dealer called them a rather nasty word I will not repeat). The ABS combined with the brake assist system only seems to have an on/off brake setting, causing the brakepads and all around it to heat up rather fast. It is not a smooth system like in every other car we got up here. Still love the car, but for the winter months I'll got back to my Landcruiser. But if you smell your car after the ABS system has been operating, don't be worried.

Btw, the car seems to chime at me for just about anything, but you can still drive off with the handbrake on (yes, we all done that). I honestly did not know there were high end cars that allowed that.
Hi Mathijs,

I am driving a diesel 300C in the UK, one of the first here. It now has 1500 miles on it and I sometimes get a burning rubber smell coming from the back of the car when I roll up and park the car at my home. This can happen even after a slow stop/start trip around town at 30-40mph maximum. I thought something must be touching the exhaust and burning away. No smoke at all (someone on this thread reckoned they got white smoke when transmission fluid hit the exhaust). Not tyres as they feel quite cool. Have not felt temperature of brake discs. I am still driving it fairly gently as others suggest to run in the engine.
Your post is very interesting as I live up a long slope with some sharp turns in it. Driving up this I suspect the ABS/traction control is subtly cutting in and out applying the brake to whichever rear wheel is slipping and losing grip. This may explain why smell is at the back of the car. It could alternatively be the dreaded transmission leak (onto the exhaust) but surely this is pretty unlikely at 1500miles ?
The smell is definitely rubbery, I have no idea what burning transmission fluid is supposed to smell like.
I thought the transmission on these cars was based a longstanding Mercedes unit which should have all the faults sorted out by now.
I would also have thought burning labels on the new exhaust would have gone long before now. Maybe I just have a plastic bag stuck to the exhaust!
Did your problem turn out to be something more or was it genuinely just the brakes getting hot as your dealer suggested?

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Hi Mathijs,

I am driving a diesel 300C in the UK, one of the first here. It now has 1500 miles on it and I sometimes get a burning rubber smell coming from the back of the car when I roll up and park the car at my home. This can happen even after a slow stop/start trip around town at 30-40mph maximum. I thought something must be touching the exhaust and burning away. No smoke at all (someone on this thread reckoned they got white smoke when transmission fluid hit the exhaust). Not tyres as they feel quite cool. Have not felt temperature of brake discs. I am still driving it fairly gently as others suggest to run in the engine.
Your post is very interesting as I live up a long slope with some sharp turns in it. Driving up this I suspect the ABS/traction control is subtly cutting in and out applying the brake to whichever rear wheel is slipping and losing grip. This may explain why smell is at the back of the car. It could alternatively be the dreaded transmission leak (onto the exhaust) but surely this is pretty unlikely at 1500miles ?
The smell is definitely rubbery, I have no idea what burning transmission fluid is supposed to smell like.
I thought the transmission on these cars was based a longstanding Mercedes unit which should have all the faults sorted out by now.
I would also have thought burning labels on the new exhaust would have gone long before now. Maybe I just have a plastic bag stuck to the exhaust!
Did your problem turn out to be something more or was it genuinely just the brakes getting hot as your dealer suggested?

John
I would suspect it is the traction control, not knowing how you go up your driveway of course. Keep an eye for the traction control light to flash as you're going around those corners. Do you ever smell this after level traveling? The traction control is not something you notice, at the most you seem to be going a bit slower than you "should" be.

When we had a snowstorm recently, I had to slip-slide my way up my driveway and the burning smell was strong from the rear wheels, just where it should be from traction control. I never have that smell otherwise.
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