Drove car when I came home it smelled like burning slightly?

Tiny
BRH28
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  • 1990 HONDA CIVIC
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 83,245 MILES
So, I drove my car to run errands I was at a consistent speed of 30-35. I got home, parked my car and lifted the hood to see how the battery hold down was doing because it was new and I wanted to make sure it was fine. When I did that I noticed a slight burning smell. Now I have all my fluids in the vehicle and it got an oil change a few months ago and yesterday was the first time it's been driven in months. I'm not sure if there are any leaks, the exhaust side looked clean but the engine bay itself is dirty. It hasn't been cleaned up since the last owner. I did notice that my fan in front if the radiator more than likely wasn't turning on but I also did not glance at the temperature gauge either I am afraid to take it on a drive to check if it spikes or not and I did not want to let it idle to see if it kicks on just in case I make a bigger problem. So, what should I do?
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 AT 1:04 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

Chances are, you are smelling dust burning off the exhaust system. What I need you to do is drive it and watch the temperature gauge. Make sure it is running at operating temperature. It if has been sitting for months, this is the likely cause.

If it maintains the proper temperature, check to see if the smell is gone.

Let me know.

Joe
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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Okay, I will, the car is very dirty in the engine bay, super dusty and grimy especially the lower region where the transmission and stuff is kind of like old oil residue and dirt. So, I will drive it tomorrow or so and see what happens!
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like a plan. Let me know how things turn out for you.

Take care,

Joe
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 AT 8:44 PM

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