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    over the last couple of days i have noticed the car is getting harder to start, couple of turns before the car starts,
    when pulling up at home ive noticed a burning smell, could it be the starter motor,

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    Vehicle : Vectra C

    Trim : Energy

    Engine : Z19DTH

    Year : 2005

    Mileage : 131,000

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    What sort of burning smell?

    Oil?
    Plastic?
    Rubber?

    Is the burning after the run or after starting.

    On starting, faulty ignition swtch or wiring or faulty / dirty starter wiring.

    After / during a run...burning oil, or component rubbing, possible chafing of wires, tyres or other panelling

    If you are having problems starting could it be a chafed wire, loose connection or faulty component.

    Could even be a loose / damaged hose or breather expelling oil / combustion vapours into engine bay, which is then drawn ito cabin area.

    (The smell and starting issue may not necessarily be linked)

    No fault codes noted?

    More questions I'm affraid, but this may guide you to the cause.

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    tbh i carnt decide what smell it is, noticed it on start up, but not while driving, but can smell it again when i walk past the car,
    just thought coz of the starting problem it mite of been the starter motor burning out, never had the smell till this happened

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    Another question...
    Diesel or Petrol.

    Have a good sniff and a look tomorrow.

    Note also in this cold weather, both diesels and petrols run rich at first with quite a pungent smell of half burned / over rich fuel.

    Diesel - glow plug wiring ?

    Petrol - Engine gets much hotter therefore heat related items.

    Petrol and diesel - starter wiring / brushes, alternator wiring / brushes...rubbing drive belt, pulley rubbing on a wire or plastic component casing, tyre rubbing somewhere or getting too hot due to incorrect pressures.
    exhaust gas leaks.
    clutch or brake friction surfaces worn, causing slippage / binding and so increased heat the list goes on

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    HI,
    Had this once, wasnt anything more sinister than a carrier bag stuck to the exhaust pipe, hopefully yours is something this simple as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverton View Post
    HI,
    Had this once, wasnt anything more sinister than a carrier bag stuck to the exhaust pipe, hopefully yours is something this simple as well.

    i get a smell from exhaust i use v-power diesel and ive put it down to the car not warming up i only do about 4 miles a day to work and bk

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    same as me chris, been out init today and couldnt smell any thing, started 1st time too, ill just have to keep an eye on it

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