For the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed a funny smell or odor after driving my Forester, when I turn off the engine and step out of the car. The smell is like heated or burning plastic, or perhaps burning rubber (though not as pungent as burning rubber of a tire). The smell is strongest outside the driver side of the car. I’ve opened the hood but could not detect the smell in the engine compartment.
The car is driven mostly to run errrands a handful of times per week on short trips of about 5 miles for each drive.
Before I take it in to a mechanic, any opinions on potential causes or what I can do to discover the cause? Could it be a general problem, or something specific to Subaru Forester?
Thanks! This is my first post here. When I was a kid, my dad loved listening to CarTalk on NPR.