Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car has burned plastic smell.

asked by on

There is a smell like burning plastic coming from my car.

A: If you see smoke get out and dial 911 a car...

If you see smoke get out and dial 911 a car fire can start very quickly and without warning in some cases. If there is no visible smoke and its just a nuisance smell, I would suspect something in the electrical system is at fault. Have a certified mechanic who diagnose this for you right away.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Noise when driving - clutch issues?

Hi there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you may have a defective clutch or a transmission input shaft gear problem. If you'd like help looking into it, consider having one of our certified mechanics come to your home...

Q: Grinding noise in park truck wont move

Hello there, there are a few possible cases for the truck to stop while driving like this. You did not mention if the grinding noise is in all the gears or just park. The most common would be a transmission...

Q: I changed the differential oil to Amsoil Severe Gear 75W-90 Synthetic(open differential). Will synthetic gear oil cause damage.

Synthetic oils generally offer better protection than conventional oils. They stay cleaner longer and withstand higher temperatures better than conventional fluids do. A good rule of thumb to go by whether using conventional or synthetic fluids, so long as the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...