Engine & Gearbox Problem with FR-V - black smoke from exhaust and smell of plastic burning from engine compartment

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by Peter S., Wednesday 18th May, 2016.

  1. Peter S. New Member Getting Started

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    Hi everyone. I wonder whether anyone can throw any light on a problem I have had with my diesel FR-V.
    I stalled the engine at a road junction. On start up I got a grating noise from the engine accompanied by loads of black smoke from the exhaust and a distinct smell of burning plastic/rubber and smoke in the engine bay.
    I left the car for a while then started it up and it ran fine and has done so ever since. A local garage has had a look at it and can't find anything amiss.
    I have wondered about a developing turbo problem.
    Anybody got any ideas please?
     
  2. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Hello @Peter S. and welcoem to HondaKarma.
    Its customary for new members to atleast introduce themselves in Introduction section before asking questions :Smile: but oh well
    Let me start off by asking a couple of questions.

    Is the car mapped?
    How many miles has it got?
    How long have you had it?
    Did you change anything recently??
     
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  3. Peter S. New Member Getting Started

    United Kingdom Peter S. Whitwick
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    Hello.
    No the car has not been mapped.
    It has done 54k miles.
    Owned it since 2009.
    Not had anything at all done to it recently and it is always serviced at a Honda main agent
     
  4. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    @Zebster our diesel expert might be able to shed some light on this... :Wink:
     
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  5. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    The burning smell is an odd thing! Black smoke does indicate a lack of boost, but that may have been something other a failing turbo, like a loose boost pipe (that has now somehow resealed?)

    Did the engine warning light come on? Did the garage check for stored diagnostic trouble codes?

    Had you just bought fuel?
     
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  6. Peter S. New Member Getting Started

    United Kingdom Peter S. Whitwick
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    Interesting about the boost pipe - I'll get that checked out.
    The engine warning light didn't come on and I hadn't bought fuel recently.
    The garage that I took it to didn't have any sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
     
  7. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    You'd only need a basic OBD2 scanner to check for stored DTCs... Any garage would have at least an OBD2 scanner.

    More sophisticated diagnostic equipment - such as the Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) or a Snap-On machine with the correct key - would be able to run a series of interactive tests on the different engine sub-systems to look for any weaknesses. That would be a good idea.

    The turbo would probably be making more noise than normal if it was beginning to fail. Is the engine oil level OK?
     
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