I drive a used 2004 Subaru Forester (owned for 2.5 years now). The clutch went out last summer so that's been replaced. I've experienced the aforementioned issue only a few times when both the reverse gear and cranking the wheel hard are engaged. No issues with just reverse and no issues with just fully cranking the wheel-- only when both are happening simultaneously. After a minute or two, the smell dissipates. I'm sorry, but I can't identify what kind of smell (rubber, oil, rotten egg, etc.).

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Is there any strange noise associated with the smell? Is there any screeching or whining from the engine bay? Feb 10, 2019 at 20:55
  • Manual transmission or automatic?
    – L.B.
    Feb 11, 2019 at 16:31
  • Manual. 5 speed.
    – Becky
    Feb 11, 2019 at 18:56


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