If it was just once, I wouldn't be overly worried... particularly as you say the car is driving fine.
You took a bit of life off your clutch, and I'd keep an eye out for issues in the coming weeks or months with the clutch just to be on the safe side.
There are several products that claim to install a new car smell. Meguiar's G4216 New Car Scent Protectant is one of many that are available. Smell is a very subjective so reviews vary on these products.
Automotive detailers use products not available on the retail market; one of these is likely what you smelled in your used car.
Here is an article on the ...
What you have is the very same issue many Ford Escape owner's have: A leaking timing chain cover. My 2003 V6 is in the same boat. This is a small and somewhat annoying leak due to the fact it drips onto the exhaust and causes that oil burning smell and sometimes visible smoke coming from the right front side of the car. What I hate the most is shutting of ...
It is actually really difficult to top this up yourself - the easiest route is in through the transmission dipstick, so you'll need a long funnel.
First, find the dipstick - it will be inwards and down below the fuel filter (your manual should show you where) - it will have a yellow circle at the end, for your finger to pull it out.
Then see how full the ...
Yes, driving with the handbrake on will cause brake overheating and a burning smell. If done for a long enough period of time it can cause damage to the seals in the caliper, which may require a caliper overhaul or replacement. In most cases though, simply letting it cool off will restore it to normal operation. You'll want to check it for over heating on ...
The reason for the odor is that water condenses inside the ducts when the AC cools the air. Though there are drains, there will still be enough moisture in the system to allow mold to grow.
The heating is usually placed after the AC. This is useful for screen defogging: The air is first dehumidified by the AC and then heated, which gives warm, extremely dry ...
Have you changed the cabin filters lately?
Black mold can smell like Urine-Ammonia, this mold can also grow on the ac evaporator coil.
Pull the cabin filters and check for mold.
Other than this it could be a rich running engine that causes the catalytic converter to put out strong odors.
It is technically harmful, but if it only happened one time, and you don't notice any difference now, you're fine. If it happens a lot you can damage your clutch (or other parts) but once in a while is fine (if not exactly desirable).
Think of your clutch like a brake pad, there is a kind of "pad". What you smelled was a tiny amount of of that pad burning ...
a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water (1 to 5 ratio/mixture)
means 1 measure of alcohol to 5 of water. You wouldn't want to go the other way, in my opinion as you'll end up with a lot of alcohol, which will not only be a fire risk, but also could do bad things to duct work etc.
As far as chemicals in that area you have coolant, which does not typically smell even when burnt, but check the level anyway, and your brake fluid which can smell quite strong when burnt. So check those two levels. Rain can wash oils and fluids off cooler parts of the engine compartment onto hotter ones causing them to burn.
You can test the battery with ...
With as much as you've done, you are safe my friend. Odor residue isn't the same as actually having those chemicals still coating your epidermis to mix with food prep to a concerning degree. It's probably worse that you've mixed so much alkaline with the natural acidity of your epidermal layer, leading to certain skin problems in the long run. If you're ...
Remove the carpet from car and then power wash it. You can use soap and brush to scrub it if power washing is not enough and then let it dry by leaving it in sun.
This is how most detailers I have seen do it for the car lots before putting the car out on the lot for sale.
It sounds as if you have driven over a plastic bag and it got stuck to your vehicles hot exhaust. And now its slowly melting it away.
You could visually inspect the exhaust to confirm. It should look like a black blob or the ruminants of a plastic bag.
Make sure you don't touch it after the vehicle has been driven. The exhaust is know to get rather hot (...
Try checking around every pipe, that you can visually see. Best route would be to get it up on a ramp and have a look underneath, have a look at the oil sump maybe there's a leak there. If you know someone with a ramp it would make it easier to look underneath the car though. Try going around to where the smell is coming from, see if there is maybe any ...
Have you noticed any oil leaks under the car?
It could be that your oil level sensor seal is leaking and you will not see it because it is accessed under the car, probably higher up, past the oil pan and you smell the burning oil but can't find it because it burns off too quickly. You'll have to wait till the car cools down in order to check the area for ...
Engine oil leaks (or any other oil for that matter) can cause a smell if drips onto the exhaust. It wouldn't have to be a large oil leak to cause a noticeable smell, just even the occasional drip. I have also seen an engine that would have a small leak overnight and would smell first thing in the morning when it was started until the oil burnt off. ...
If you can figure out how to check your transmission fluid level and top it off if it needs it, do so. It may already be too late to be able to drive it to a mechanic, that's a risk you'll need to assess.
You may have a heater core leak. A few drops blown into the vents will be aromatic and give a sweet-is smell. Telltale signs is moisture or staining on the passenger carpet, although a slight leak may not be visible. Sometimes a very difficult repair and other times not. Depends on the car. Google will know.
In my humble opinion, the mold could have gotten into the ducts, and you have 2 options:
They can clean the evaporator and other parts, but if its in the ducts it might keep coming back if they don't get rid of it all.
Two things come to mind. Refrigerant or A/C system lubricant oil. They leak out together, there could be a hissing sound while the leak is in progress. Intermittent leaks in the A/C condenser area not common on newer vehicles. If this is a leak, the system will eventually quit working when the gas all leaks out.
Smells are subjective, I would not describe ...
You will have to turn the ac on have the fan on full speed, turn off the recirculation, spray the lysol. roll the windows down blah blah.....
Watch this video this has the complete procedure and the answer I just copied it.
When I need to really clean carpet (in the car or in the house), I fill up a pump sprayer with assorted cleaning products (including dish soap, oxyclean, simple green degreaser, odoban disinfectant, carpet stain remover) and mostly water. Test your mixture under the seats first to make sure it doesn't change the color of the carpet. Soak the area down good, ...
You have mold in the A/C system.
To fix it, do the following;
Remove the cabin air filters. Buy new ones - they're pretty cheap. Even if you don't want to buy new ones, however, still remove them.
Open all the car windows. Turn the engine on, and put your A/C on at full speed, with fresh air selected (not recirculation)
Get a can of Lysol or Ozium. Spray ...
Depending on the design of the turbo kit and installation, it could be due to the turbo blow off valve, if it is vented externally and not back into the intake upstream, you could smell gas briefly when it discharges turbo pressure on a hard deceleration.
Stop the car, open the bonnet and check that you don't have an oil leak. You may find an area of the engine or underbonnet is covered with black oil. Also check under the car for any signs of oil leaking.
If no oil leak, check all hoses are tightly located where they should be. A loose breather hose could cause this.
This seems to me like an intake manifold gasket or even a valve cover is leaking and when the engine gets hot the oil smokes away.
The dangers of driving like this? From the picture the leak looks significant and it could be very dangerous driving with a smoking hood.
In attempt to keep this focus on the mechanics issue and less on the driving techniques:
You have an older car. A vehicle from 2006 has significant wear effects on every component, regardless of how well or badly it was treated in its previous life.
"I'm getting burning smells and it seems the engine is now over reving whenever I floor the accelerator": ...
Since you have replaced all the calipers, the most likely issue is that the slider mechanism that the caliper rides on is seizing.
Each brake caliper holds 2 pads, if it is the slider that is at fault, then only one of the pads will be wearing down quickly. Is that what is happening?