Q: Engine shudder while driving, burnt rubber smell

asked by on

I usually had no issue while driving this car, only slight shaking. However, now there is significant engine shudder when it's running. There is also a burnt rubber smell. What is going on with it? Is my engine going out?

Hello. Most of the time, this is the first indication that the timing belt is failing. The timing belt needs to be checked to see if it is going bad. If the belt is fine, then you may have a turbo that is going bad. I usually check the computer for any codes after the belt is inspected.

If the belt and the turbo are fine, then it may be an internal engine issue so a compression test would also need to be done. If you need to have this checked, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the engine’s shaking and shuddering issue so that you can get your car back on the road.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Engine shudder while driving, burnt rubber smell

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: Belts came off

Your vehicle uses two serpentine belts: one for the accessories and one for the A/C. I have known the A/C belt tensioners to fail on these vehicles, causing damage to the belt. There is also a technical service bulletin (TSB)...

Q: Noisy bearings in the water pump that has no leaks

The bearings inside of the water pump are sealed from the outside air by a rubber seal. They are also sealed from the inside water by a rubber seal. If they weren't, the water would get on the bearing and...

Q: Under load on the engine we already checked the mass sensor and replaced map sensor what should i I look for now I unplugged the m

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that you are experiencing some sort of engine performance issues. Perhaps misfires, or stalling. If you changed the MAP and MAF sensors, and the issue has persisted I would then look into...

Related articles

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.