Hello all. I have a 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T with the 5.7L V8. It’s got about 165K miles, automatic transmission. All of the maintenance is up to date.
Recently I’ve noticed a strange smell when when the car is parked, after it’s been running for a while. The best description I have is a “hot” smell, more of an “electrical” smell than anything else. It doesn’t smell like coolant or oil or exhaust, but more like something is hot that shouldn’t be. I’ve looked under the hood and can’t find anything apparently wrong.
Just this morning, I noticed that I could smell the odor inside the car when the car was stopped, like in traffic or at a stoplight. When I start moving again, the odor either dissipates or goes away.
There are no check engine lights or any other performance issues. I thought about a brake issue, but I’ve not noticed any changes to braking, and my fuel economy hasn’t changed lately.
The engine does burn a little oil, but that’s been going on for a while now with no smell. Hopefully the oil hasn’t started leaking/burning somewhere; I can check for that.
Below is the major maintenance from the past year or so:
New 12V battery (Nov 2020)
New radiator (spring of 2021)
New oil pressure sensor/sending unit (Nov 2021)
Regular oil changes and tire rotations.