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Burnt rubber smell with climate control on

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by hvb, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. hvb

    hvb Member

    Aug 9, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Today, I turned the heat up to 75 degrees F and noticed a terribly acrid smell akin to burnt rubber. Is that normal? Has anyone else noticed this?
  2. wraithnot

    wraithnot Model 3 VIN #2942 Model S VIN #5785

    Dec 16, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    I know exactly what you are talking about. But to me it smells more like the smell of burning dust on a space heater the first time you turn it after it's been idle for a while. Mine is getting much less smelly after two and a half weeks and others have said it goes away after a while.
  3. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Nov 10, 2011
    #3 brianman, Mar 18, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013
    I smelled that a bit back and it made me a little nervous as well. It didn't last for long, but I also turned down the heat so that may be why.
  4. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    Anyone with baseboard electric heat in their homes will recognize this smell when you first start using them at the beginning of the heating season. This pretty much confirms Tesla is using resistive heating elements in the heating system.
  5. gr8fullee

    gr8fullee Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Sonoma County California
    I noticed this type of smell the 2nd day I had the car--when the temperature dropped and the heater came on. Freaked me out at first--except no warning lights came on and everything stayed operational. I'm suspecting it is the heater but will continue to monitor it. I have to take the car in for vibration from the air conditioner and I've added this to the order to be checked out.

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