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My car is 7 years old and is starting to smell really hot after driving higher speeds (50 and up mph. I smell it once I come to a stop, sometimes worse than others. Occasionally I have seen smoke, but not often. My oil change is current and the temp. gauge never shows more than normal mid level. I am also noticing it have trouble starting on occasion, like it doesn't want to turn over. I got a new battery in December. Can you give me some suggestions on what either of these might be? I do not even know what to say if I take it to a mechanic because all of this is happens intermittently. Thank you so much for any advice you can offer! Chrys

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Chrys, Sounds like you have two issues you are concerned with. 1. Trouble starting on occasions: You need to pay attention and write down as much information as possible. I just posted a starting and running problem checklist on my website that you can use to gather the correct information to take to your technician. http://autocraftsmen.com/starting-and-running-problems-checklist/ 2. Use this symptoms checklist to help give your auto repair center all the necessary information. http://autocraftsmen.com/symptoms-checklist/

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA The smell/smoke you may be experiencing could be coming from a fluid leak of some sort. You may need to check into an over all inspection. You can pop the hood and look for residue for an idea of source. The hard start may indicate a need for spark plug change or fuel filter replacement.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube I don't understand what a hot smell is. Based on the age you may need a tune up (spark plugs). Take it to a good mechanic and explain what you told us and maybe they can help.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Chrys- most likely it could be either oil or coolant leaks- since the vehicle is 7 years old it has probably developed one or more leaks- the non start issue may be your starter- hope this helps- Thanks Super Girls Auto.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Chrys, After driving a vehicle even for just a few minutes, everything begins to rise in temperature - from the engine oil, coolant and steering fluid to the brake pads and rotors. I would suggest you bring the vehicle to a qualified technician and allow them to keep the vehicle for a day or two. Intermittent problems are very difficult to diagnose, but there is a better chance at experiencing the problem if the technician can drive it for a longer time. Suzanne

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