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Old 12-10-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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Oil smell getting worse!

So I have read a lot about the whole oil burning smell after mine started to emit the smell after the dealer did the oil change. Not to mention when they did the change they only put in 6 quarts instead of 8 . It is an intermittent burning oil odor when stopped in general. I have dropped it off at the dealer and they say that they do not smell the odor. I asked them to ride with me and got an excuse like they are too busy or do not have enough people for me to even come in on the weekend.


I decided to look into it myself and got a borescope and stuck it through the vents in the bellhousing and you can see where the oil has pooled. They said it is just discoloration and not oil. Discoloration in the shape of an oil run that follows the center rib depression ? I asked them if putting only 6 quarts in would cause the smell, too which they denied only putting in 6 (I have the receipt stating the level was 2 quarts low after only 1 week and more needed to be added).


They told me that my aftermarket exhaust was most likely to blame for the smell and pointed to the welds on the back end of the exhaust. My NPP dual mode exhaust that came on the car is aftermarket? I guess that means that the half-shafts, rims, hood, rear spoiler, suspension, etc… are all aftermarket as well (1LE package) . That is what their shop manager told me. My wife smells it as well as everyone that has gotten in the car; except those wise techs at the dealer. Having asthma makes it even worse as it is causing breathing issues. It’s not a constant odor of burning oil all the time but it is getting more frequent. I have looked everywhere and could not find any oil leak except where I saw it in the bellhousing, where they say it isn’t even after looking at it with their scope.

The smell has been there for almost 1000 miles; about 3 weeks or so. The only mod to the car is an intake and the car has 15500 miles on it. It had the 1LE catch can installed. I replaced it back to factory and no change. I already made a complaint through GM/Chevrolet website and hope that I will get somewhere with them. Not sure what else to do other than try going to another chevy dealer that will have a tech ride with me to smell the problem and also hear the “broken CD motor sound” coming from the AC blower motor fan on low speed. They also refuse to fix that as well. Horrible service there.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:02 AM   #2
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Do you have a oil breather filter cap on your car?

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So I have read a lot about the whole oil burning smell after mine started to emit the smell after the dealer did the oil change. Not to mention when they did the change they only put in 6 quarts instead of 8 . It is an intermittent burning oil odor when stopped in general. I have dropped it off at the dealer and they say that they do not smell the odor. I asked them to ride with me and got an excuse like they are too busy or do not have enough people for me to even come in on the weekend.


I decided to look into it myself and got a borescope and stuck it through the vents in the bellhousing and you can see where the oil has pooled. They said it is just discoloration and not oil. Discoloration in the shape of an oil run that follows the center rib depression ? I asked them if putting only 6 quarts in would cause the smell, too which they denied only putting in 6 (I have the receipt stating the level was 2 quarts low after only 1 week and more needed to be added).


They told me that my aftermarket exhaust was most likely to blame for the smell and pointed to the welds on the back end of the exhaust. My NPP dual mode exhaust that came on the car is aftermarket? I guess that means that the half-shafts, rims, hood, rear spoiler, suspension, etc… are all aftermarket as well (1LE package) . That is what their shop manager told me. My wife smells it as well as everyone that has gotten in the car; except those wise techs at the dealer. Having asthma makes it even worse as it is causing breathing issues. It’s not a constant odor of burning oil all the time but it is getting more frequent. I have looked everywhere and could not find any oil leak except where I saw it in the bellhousing, where they say it isn’t even after looking at it with their scope.

The smell has been there for almost 1000 miles; about 3 weeks or so. The only mod to the car is an intake and the car has 15500 miles on it. It had the 1LE catch can installed. I replaced it back to factory and no change. I already made a complaint through GM/Chevrolet website and hope that I will get somewhere with them. Not sure what else to do other than try going to another chevy dealer that will have a tech ride with me to smell the problem and also hear the “broken CD motor sound” coming from the AC blower motor fan on low speed. They also refuse to fix that as well. Horrible service there.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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No. The car has went through an oil change at 1500, 5000, 10000, and 15000. The smell only came with the 15000 mile change.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:16 AM   #4
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Its pretty common for the rear engine cover to leak oil. There is a TSB on it in Alldata, I just went throught the same problem but mine was actually leaking down the BH and poil pan. Dealer i bought it from warrantied it.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:23 AM   #5
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So I have read a lot about the whole oil burning smell after mine started to emit the smell after the dealer did the oil change. Not to mention when they did the change they only put in 6 quarts instead of 8 . It is an intermittent burning oil odor when stopped in general. I have dropped it off at the dealer and they say that they do not smell the odor. I asked them to ride with me and got an excuse like they are too busy or do not have enough people for me to even come in on the weekend.


I decided to look into it myself and got a borescope and stuck it through the vents in the bellhousing and you can see where the oil has pooled. They said it is just discoloration and not oil. Discoloration in the shape of an oil run that follows the center rib depression ? I asked them if putting only 6 quarts in would cause the smell, too which they denied only putting in 6 (I have the receipt stating the level was 2 quarts low after only 1 week and more needed to be added).


They told me that my aftermarket exhaust was most likely to blame for the smell and pointed to the welds on the back end of the exhaust. My NPP dual mode exhaust that came on the car is aftermarket? I guess that means that the half-shafts, rims, hood, rear spoiler, suspension, etc… are all aftermarket as well (1LE package) . That is what their shop manager told me. My wife smells it as well as everyone that has gotten in the car; except those wise techs at the dealer. Having asthma makes it even worse as it is causing breathing issues. It’s not a constant odor of burning oil all the time but it is getting more frequent. I have looked everywhere and could not find any oil leak except where I saw it in the bellhousing, where they say it isn’t even after looking at it with their scope.

The smell has been there for almost 1000 miles; about 3 weeks or so. The only mod to the car is an intake and the car has 15500 miles on it. It had the 1LE catch can installed. I replaced it back to factory and no change. I already made a complaint through GM/Chevrolet website and hope that I will get somewhere with them. Not sure what else to do other than try going to another chevy dealer that will have a tech ride with me to smell the problem and also hear the “broken CD motor sound” coming from the AC blower motor fan on low speed. They also refuse to fix that as well. Horrible service there.
Well seeing your dealership is clueless I would not even bother going back. Take it to a different dealership.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #6
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Mine doesn't seem to be a bad leak, but enough to create a smell. I still can't believe that the shop manager was arguing with me on the exhaust being aftermarket.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:26 AM   #7
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Its pretty common for the rear engine cover to leak oil. There is a TSB on it in Alldata, I just went throught the same problem but mine was actually leaking down the BH and poil pan. Dealer i bought it from warrantied it.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:44 AM   #8
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You sure you don't have an oil leak somewhere and oil is getting on to the exhaust.
I had an oil cooler gasket leak that throwing oil unto the exhaust and I could smell it at times.Just a thought.

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No. The car has went through an oil change at 1500, 5000, 10000, and 15000. The smell only came with the 15000 mile change.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:50 AM   #9
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The only possible oil leak that I saw was in the bellhousing. I have checked all other possible locations by simple visual and then tighter places with the borescope. I did see some oil residue on the lower tube coming from the oil cooler at the second rubber fitting. I did not see any oil from the filter, pan, or cooler directly and active. The shop dismissed this as well.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #10
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You sure you don't have an oil leak somewhere and oil is getting on to the exhaust.
I had an oil cooler gasket leak that throwing oil unto the exhaust and I could smell it at times.Just a thought.
I can assure you that there are zero visable leaks.

This seems to be a common issue that GM is not willing to correct.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #11
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At a minimal, there is a small leak as evident from the oil in the bellhousing. They tried to say it was discoloration. I will put the car back up and use a sampling swab to collect a sample of the area.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #12
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Check your oil cooler, mine went real bad last month.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #13
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That's what I told him to check earlier,the gasket went on mine and oil leaked unto the exhaust giving a burning oil smell.
Good luck I hope you find out where the smell is coming from.

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Old 12-10-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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That TSB is for 2010-2011 Camaro.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:32 PM   #16
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Update -
Went to another dealership and they are trying to help me out. They got the OK from GM to replace the rear main seal to see if that will correct the issue. The smell eventually went away once the oil life was around 30-40% left but just had another oil change where another dealer made sure to not spill any oil at the top and not cause a mess under. The smell is back and worse then before. No oil leak was found at the oil cooler.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:43 AM   #17
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I vaguely recall someone else having this problem and the issue was in the PVC system. Has anyone looked there?
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:01 PM   #18
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Yes, that was the first thing that they looked at as it is less intensive of a repair. The fumes are much worse then before and having to pull over a couple times because it is causing an asthma attack is not fun to do. I have it just sitting now and driving my jeep until they call and say the parts are in. Wife will have to drive it back, can't risk that ihave an asthma attack in heavy traffic and cause an accident.
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Went to another dealership and they are trying to help me out. They got the OK from GM to replace the rear main seal to see if that will correct the issue. The smell eventually went away once the oil life was around 30-40% left but just had another oil change where another dealer made sure to not spill any oil at the top and not cause a mess under. The smell is back and worse then before. No oil leak was found at the oil cooler.
Did you inspect yourself to verify that no oil was dripped or spilled on any exhaust components or engine block or just take their word for it? Otherwise I can't for the life of me see how a simple oil change could cause what you are describing and then clear up only to return after another oil change.

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:43 PM   #20
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I have put the car on a lift and inspected it myself to include the top of the exhaust against the body with a scope. No oil found burning, no oil burn marks on exhaust system and nothing on engine. Only found residue inside bell housing.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #21
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Rear main has been replaced and the smell is now gone.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:41 PM   #22
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Rear main has been replaced and the smell is now gone.

How many miles have you driven so far? Also can you scan a copy of the service receipt?


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Old 07-21-2014, 08:01 PM   #23
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Just past 30,000 and had another oil change. The smell is back with new oil. Going to take it in again on Friday.
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Just past 30,000 and had another oil change. The smell is back with new oil. Going to take it in again on Friday.
Road King,

Sorry to hear about your oil smell. I realize how concerning that would be. Keep us posted on the results of your dealer visit. If necessary, I can contact their designated Customer Experience Manager if you have any additional questions. We'll look forward to your updates .

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I've noticed an oil smell from day one. Often, after a full stop, the smell wafts in. It's not really a burning smell, just the smell of oil. After I installed the Airaid cai it was more noticeable.
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