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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Weird smell from dash defroster...chemical/burning scent?

Another one to add to the books-

I will have to bring this up when I bring my car to get the weird rattling from the dash (when the temp is under 50'F)--
When I have my front defroster on (I believe that's what it's called) and all the way to "hot" there is a significant and somewhat foul scent- almost like burning chemical smell...only when I have the front defroster on. All the rest of the vents smell a-ok. Has anyone else experienced this? It's significant enough that I have to turn it off because it's nasty.

Just wondering if it's my stellar luck with this car, or if this is common?
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Had that smell when using the heater for a while when car was new... maybe for about 6 months...smelled like new car....almost plastic burning smell.

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Had that smell when using the heater for a while when car was new... maybe for about 6 months...smelled like new car....almost plastic burning smell.
That makes sense...except I bought my car in March of 2009 and it's now Dec. 2010!
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It's not that stuffed dino head you have sitting on the dash in your avatar pic, is it?
Just checking all possibilities.

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It's not that stuffed dino head you have sitting on the dash in your avatar pic, is it?
Just checking all possibilities.
LOL

I try not to use the heat all the way on the hot setting...these cars have really, really.. hot heat and i worry it may crack the windshield if its blasted directly up on it when its really cold out. So I try to use it about 3/4 the way give or take abit and that seems to provide plenty of heat and may stop the burning plastic smell.

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It's not that stuffed dino head you have sitting on the dash in your avatar pic, is it?
Just checking all possibilities.
LOL!! No, that Dino Puppet is not on my dash at all! That picture was taken while on a very long road trip in an FJ... I put him on the dash while my friend was driving and took a pic
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I try not to use the heat all the way on the hot setting...these cars have really, really.. hot heat and i worry it may crack the windshield if its blasted directly up on it when its really cold out. So I try to use it about 3/4 the way give or take abit and that seems to provide plenty of heat and may stop the burning plastic smell.
That's a really good point- the heat is really hot and WONDERFUL () in the cold.... I will keep that in mind. Did I mention I love the heat?
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i have an 04 and just have been noticing the same issue, a weird burning type smell. What would it be causing the smell it does only seem to be when the heat is all the way up...is this like this in all Foresters?

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