If you can narrow the odor down to the type that would help. You know it isn't fuel or antifreeze. Then is it rubber, electrical, oil something like that?
Next, sounds like it isn't getting enough power and is getting ready to die, ie battery lights etc, it may be a belt slipping. So do the below and do a good visual inspection on the belt.
The nice thing about the below, it is free.
Please go to Auto Zone or O'Reilly's and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery, alternator and starter.
If the above doesn't show anything, we may need to do the below test. You can anyway if you would like.
We need to figure out if it is electrical or fuel related. Pull a plug wire off of the spark plug and insert something into the end of it and have someone try to start the car and have the metal object really close to a piece of metal on the engine and see if you are getting a good strong popping blue spark. Don't have your hands on any part of the metal! If there is no spark, then it is electrical. If you are getting good spark then you need to get a fuel pressure check on the fuel pump to ensure it is putting out okay.
Let me know what you find out and we will take it from there.
Also, if you need to get back with me let me know what the 8th digit of your VIN is.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 7:59 AM