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Old 13th September 2009, 15:54   #1
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Default Car exhaust smells like burnt paper, whats gone bad?

Hi all, The other day i had to spend a long time in car parking testing the carputer with engine on, what i noticed was that the exhaust air around smelling like burnt paper, there is no water in the tail pipie also nowadays, have i damaged the silencer or catlytic converter? is there any issue in letting it be like that ? could there be any other other cause?
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Old 13th September 2009, 16:46   #2
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Which car ? How many kms done ?
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Its a baleno done 93k kms.
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A burnt-paper kind of pungent smell from the exhaust is likely due to your engine oil being burnt in the combustion chamber. Oil control rings may have gone, and a ring change may be due.

Open up the spark plugs (when the engine is cooled down) and check if they are running greyish/blackish, rather than the whitish normal colour.

Lift up the dipstick or open the oil cap while the engine idles - a visible smoke coming out from either is a good sign that your engine is asking for new rings.
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you have scared me. a month back when i openned the plugs they were black. will check the plugs and oil. i am using mobil1 from the last 40k kms.

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Try comparing your spark plugs to this chart: Verrill: Plug Color Chart.
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You could also run your fingeron the inside of the tail pipe(Be CAREFUL Not to hurt yourself as the tail pipes could be corroded) - when the engine is off and cold.

"Kajal" or thick black deposit is another sureshot tell tale sign of worn out rings
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"Kajal" or thick black deposit is another sureshot tell tale sign of worn out rings
Not necessarily. If the car has been running on a rich mixture (such as with the choke pulled out on pre-MPFi cars, or a dripping injector in an MPFi), such carbon deposits are also possible in the tailpipe.
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I have checked the spark plugs and don't find any oil marks. pictures below. there was no visible smoke or fumes from engine oil while running. the exhaust also has no soot deposits. i am also having backfire problem due lpg which is not solved till now.
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Plugs seem normal. Is the burnt paper smell still there? Did you leave the car on idle for a prolonged period? Has your FE dropped lately (indicating the mixture is running rich)?
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Yes car was idling with ac for more than a hour when i was configuring the carputer. i dont check fuel efficiency with petrol but with lpg is seems consistent.
Can the backfire cause catcon and silencer damage?

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...with lpg is seems consistent.
Can the backfire cause catcon and silencer damage?
OH! That explains it - you're running on LPG. Idling on LPG does give a funny smell at times. All this time I was thinking you're running on petrol. And you never mentioned backfiring earlier. Anyway, all's well - have fun.

Catcon should be just fine, but there is really no easy way you can check.

Where's the thread on your carputer?
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That particular day it was idling on petrol only as lpg tank is empty. i hope its only due to the lpg exhaust. let me run for some more time and see if there is any deterioration in car performance. Thank you very much for the help.
regarding carputer its here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/sound-...ter-setup.html
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