2001 VW Passat Wagon Question regarding a smell


#1

When I drive, every once in a while, I get a smell like burning rubber that last for about 2 minutes and goes away…what’s the symptom? Is my exhaust system starting to go?

Many thanks!


#2

Somebody needs to lift the hood of this car in order to check the condition of the belts, and to look for leaks. It is also important to put this car up on a lift and look for leaks and/or exhaust damage, and/or evidence of tires rubbing on adjacent parts. Pulling the wheels to check the condition of the brake pads and rotors might be a good idea also.

There are just too many possibilities here for anyone to be specific about the exact cause of this problem, at least IMHO.

The odometer mileage and maintenance/repair record of your car may also be a factor here, but unfortunately, you did not include that type of vital information about the vehicle.