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Old 22nd March 2010, 12:27   #1
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Default Ford Ikon 1.6 issue - Burning Smell After turning on AC

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I am new to the forum.....so a big HELLO is in order from my end to all the veterans of the Forum.

I need help with an issue wrt my Ford Ikon 1.6 ZXi, Jan 2003 model. Have been noticing a problem lately :

Car runs fine under normal cirmstances. However, upon switching on the AC, a burning smell is very evident in the interior of the car, this is followed by a typical burning smell of engine oil. Immediately, the AC vent starts throwing in warm air. The car was recently serviced, and the staff at Harpreet Ford gave it a clean chit as far the problem is concerned. But the problem persists.

This Ikon has done close to 60K kms, as far as Rohtang on a non-stop drive. But somehow, lately these problems have sprung up, which force me use the Fiesta for commute to and from work.

Any suggestions from the automobile experts on the board as to what the underlying reason could be?

I am deeply attched to this car and do not prefer grounding it, as my family insists. Besides this, the car runs well.

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Old 22nd March 2010, 12:59   #2
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Ask the mechanics to check the functioning of the AC Diverter valve. That is a notorious component in the Ikon 1.6. They will need to drain the entire coolant though.
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Ac vents blowing hot air is certainly a diverter valve issue, no need to worry. However the smell of burning engine oil is odd.

Anyway, just get the diverter valve cleaned or replaced, as may be required (and like 1100D said, the entire coolant will need to be drained out and replaced). Most probably that will take care of the issue.

After that test it for a few days and see if you still get that peculiar smell of burning engine oil.
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Make sure the diverter valve is working. You can check this by seitching on the heater, and after getting hot air, switch it to the A/c mode. It should work fine.

Once this has been eliminated, check the engine bay at the point where the pipes connect to the diverter valve. Make sure these arent loose by any chance.

Let us know once these have been checked.

And finally, welcome to Team-BHP.

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Old 22nd March 2010, 17:38   #5
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Hi 1100D, Astleviz, benbsb29,

Thanks for your comments. Seems I will have to pay the service center another visit armed with your inputs. Need to resolve this irritant in an otherwise good drive.

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Welcome to TBHP, chuck out the diverter valve if you can live without the heater.
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Welcome to TBHP, chuck out the diverter valve if you can live without the heater.
While we can jolly well do without the heater down south, i suppose in Delhi where the OP is situated, the heater may be required.
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While we can jolly well do without the heater down south, i suppose in Delhi where the OP is situated, the heater may be required.
Guys, that's the condition in my Ikon and I sorely miss the thermostat control. It's just not possible to manage the cooling with only Fan Speed control. Have to meddle with it quite often to have the desired cooling.

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Hi All,

If I have to choose....I will choose the AC. Can do without the heater. In Delhi one gets to shiver for only 2 months as against the 6 months of sweating. For the other 4, one is forced to use the AC or else the pollution on the roads would soon send you to your maker.

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Unhappy Chevrolet Beat: Burning Smell with A/C on

Hi.

Lately I have a strange issue with my 37,000 kms run Beat Diesel, I am getting a strange burning smell with A/c on. The strange fact is that the smell occurs at odd times and lasts only for a maximum of 1 minute.
Earlier this month along with the smell the Blower speed control resistor had failed, though GEEYEM MOTORS, kochin had replaced the resistor, the smell still remains occurring at times. After repeated visits to service center and leaving the car in their floor for 2days they are unable to locate the complaint.
The main symptoms I have noticed are:
1. Failed, blower motor controller
2. Variation in fan speed at times
3. The smell fades away when the mode is switched towards outside circulation.

Friends I need your advice on this as the latest update from Geeyem motors is that, they will mail Chevrolet and proceed after receiving the reply.
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Default Re: Chevrolet Beat: Burning Smell with A/C on

Once we had driven our A-Star with the handbrake engaged for about 25 metres. After that there was clutch burning smell whenever the AC was turned on. After showing it to the workshop they said that it will vanish with some running of the car and it actually vanished after driving 2000 km. No problems till date.
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Once we had driven our A-Star with the handbrake engaged for about 25 metres. After that there was clutch burning smell whenever the AC was turned on. After showing it to the workshop they said that it will vanish with some running of the car and it actually vanished after driving 2000 km. No problems till date.
Its not handbrake, as my car don't move with Handbrake on and the pollen filter and duct was cleaned "n" number of times.
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Default Re: Ford Ikon 1.6 issue - Burning Smell After turning on AC

I had a similar smell in my ikon. Turned out to be a half-burned rat in the engine bay!
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