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burning smell in a Brand New MKZ 3.0T AWD

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I just bought a new 2020 MKZ Reserve, 3.0T AWD.  I have only driven it a few miles.  I stepped on the gas and put a load on the motor.  A minute or two later I burning smell over took the new car smell.  I don't know if anyone else has experienced this.  Is it a problem or is it related to break in time?  I turned the car off and drove it the next day and the smell was gone until I stepped on the gas a little hard.  Do I need to take to the dealer?

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

Fred H

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Hi Fred,

 

I had this happen to my MKZ as well it happens every now and then when I am pressing it hard. However for the year I had it nothing was seriously wrong even with the burning smell occasionally happening when I pushed the car hard . I am assuming it is a by product of the two turbos and premium gasoline while pushing the engine.

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4 hours ago, Fred H said:

I just bought a new 2020 MKZ Reserve, 3.0T AWD.  I have only driven it a few miles.  I stepped on the gas and put a load on the motor.  A minute or two later I burning smell over took the new car smell.  I don't know if anyone else has experienced this.  Is it a problem or is it related to break in time?  I turned the car off and drove it the next day and the smell was gone until I stepped on the gas a little hard.  Do I need to take to the dealer?

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

Fred H

 

Hi Fred. Most likely normal. You can get a burning smell in a new car. It is generally the result of different oils, solvents etc that are on the engine and exhausts burning off. It should lessen and then disappear after a while. The time will vary, according to how much you drive. This information is in your Owners Manual.

 

Also as an FYI: Not sure what you consider to be "put a load on the motor". However, you should not drive the car too hard during the first 1,000 miles. Don't drive at a steady speed for long periods. Don't tow. 1,000 miles.  That is considered the "break-in" period. This information is also in your Owners Manual. There are not many break-in limitations, but knowing them would be a good idea. You can check your Owners Manual Index under something similar to "Breaking in your vehicle" or "Breaking in" for the complete information.

 

Good luck.

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The don'ts are usually because it gives the breaks time to 'break in' as it were

It's also good to not force it to do thing right away

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Thanks for the advice.

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