02 Subaru Forester - 2 questions


#1
  1. My car occasionally shimmies as I go from park to first gear. Any idea why?

    2) I have noticed a burning odor (from engine) after I park. Mechanic thinks that it was a plastic bag hitting the exhaust pipe. But the odor is consistent. Any other ideas?



    Thanks!

#2
  1. Define “shimmies.”

  2. Have you opened the hood to see if you could locate the source of the burning smell? Perhaps there is a slight oil leak, and oil is dripping on the exhaust or some other hot engine part. A plastic bag would melt away rather quickly, and if it didn’t you would be able to see it under the car and pull it off the exhaust system.


#3

Its movement is jerky at first = “shimmies”.

Yes, I should open the hood and smell where it seems to come from.