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    Posted: 02-January-2010 at 17:54

Hi, Happy new Year all.

My problem is that i started my car up after a new year, took it for a spin to warm the engine over and noticed a burning rubber smell in to the car when stationary! I popped the bonnet and it seemed to be coming from the back of the engine as i saw a small puff of smoke and then turned the engine off naturally. Any ideas!! Whats behind the engine (Bulk head) that could possibly be melting?

Im not sure if its a red heron, however a few days before that i had to top up my collant as the light kept on popping and off. This is still full so im assuming its nothing water pipe related..

Beemer dan 523i SE 1997 (184K) Canyon Rot Red, auto. 330 CI Msport Convertible, blue 51K.
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A google search on bimmer forum would suggest a valve cover gasket!! See link:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3147669

What is this and why would this be causing a rubber burning smell?

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Beemer dan 523i SE 1997 (184K) Canyon Rot Red, auto. 330 CI Msport Convertible, blue 51K.
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