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Old 05-22-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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Oil Smell

Recently I've noticed that when I switch the A/C system from recirculated air to fresh air and I'm idling at a stoplight, I smell burning oil like if I had spilled some on the headers during an oil change. This was late at night with nobody on the road anywhere near me and it was consistent every time I stopped. When I got home I popped the hood and couldn't smell it anywhere. No drips, no smears on anything, no smell AT ALL. Has anybody else experienced this? Anybody have any ideas what may be causing it?
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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My 2011 did the same thing. Never saw a oil,leak.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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The only thing I can find in the Interwebz is that the Camaro smells like oil sometimes. The fix is to ignore it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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old thread....but there are others. Rear main seems to be answer. Someone said a TSB was issued.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:51 PM   #5
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Belt might've just slipped
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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I get the oil smell too every once and a while, I like it!
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:59 AM   #7
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I'm glad someone else has posted about this! I get the smell when my car is put on defrost... Almost runs you out when you're stopped! Possibly the rear main seal?
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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Mine does it also.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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Same here
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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I used to get it but fairly rarely. Never saw a leak so I assumed it was some kind of crankcase fumes. Now it seems like it stopped since I put on the GM oil separator. Are you guys that are getting the oil smell running with the separator on or off?
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:50 PM   #11
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Mine is on.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #12
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Let me ask...is it a "sweet oil" smell, or just a plain acrid burnt oil? I had a an oil separator on my last veh which vented to the atmosphere. Strong odor that I thought was oil being burned but it turned out to be just the crankcase fumes. If it has sort of a sweet smell to it is probably just those fumes making it's way into the cabin through ac system.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #13
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Yea...oil seperator. Only the 1LE Camaro has it. It is not emmision legal, but some dealers install it anyway. It is packed in the trunk when dealer receives car...i read here.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ight=separator

Ask this question in the regular SS section. Maybe someone has same smell without using seperator.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:07 AM   #14
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Imagine that. I was just thinking about resurrecting this thread. The problem I was having is that I overfilled the oil when I changed it. It didn't take much, just .5 of a quart was enough to do it. I'm not sure exactly why but I'm guessing that with the extra oil, the crankshaft whipping through it must create an oil aerosol that when ingested through the PCV system, smells like burning oil. The night I had the epiphany that this may be the cause, I checked the oil, it was high, I turned around and drained what felt like a quart and went back out. Smell gone.

Anybody else able to replicate my results?
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:14 AM   #15
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Anybody else able to replicate my results?
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:25 PM   #16
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Mine started after an oil change and with that change the dealer left out 2 quarts , only putting in 6. No lights came on but that is when it started making that smell. Once the oil life indicator was around 30-40% the smell was gone. Came back when the oil was changed again. No oil was spilled and no burning oil marks are found anywhere. They are changing out the rear main seal to hopefully correct the issue now.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:57 PM   #17
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I had this after the last dealer oil change. Though I did not see anything, I chalked it up to a careless moment of spillage during the change. They will do another one here in a few months, and if I have the smell again, I will let them know. It did not happen on the original oil change, only that second one.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:55 PM   #18
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Yea...oil seperator. Only the 1LE Camaro has it. It is not emmision legal, but some dealers install it anyway. It is packed in the trunk when dealer receives car...i read here.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ight=separator

Ask this question in the regular SS section. Maybe someone has same smell without using seperator.
How does the oil separator affect emissions?
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:10 AM   #19
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