Q: Burning or hot smell coming from under the back of car 2009 Dodge Journey

asked by on January 17, 2017

It is a hot smell coming from back of car. It's not the brakes. Almost smells like the exhaust is getting to hot. Just can't pin point it. Wonder if there is a restriction in the muffler. Seams to have goood flow coming out.

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there - there could be several causes for "something’s hot": a clogged catalytic converter, dragging brake, blocked muffler, and so on. This task might require a remote infrared heat sensor (so you don’t have to crawl under the vehicle), and several "drive a bit and check temperatures quickly". I recommend a vehicle inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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