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'09 XC-90. After about 60 minutes of driving, an electrical burn smell appears and the area near the left/driver's temp control is hot to touch. Running the climate control in non-auto mode, setting the fan speed at a lower level seems to make the symptoms worse. <p><IMG SRC="http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss222/davecutteratyahoodotcom/xc90hotdash.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Any others run into this issue?<p>Sincerely, Dave
 

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Re: Burn smell and hot spot on climate control panel (davecutter)

<p>I havent seen it on the board, BUT get it to the dealer. You could end up with a burnt up car.<p>Dont use the board as a warranty, get it fixed.
 

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Re: Burn smell and hot spot on climate control panel (davecutter)

Haven't taken mine in for first servicing, but I was planning to bring it up when I do. I didn't notice any odor, like electrical burning, but I did notice that the panel (where you described) gets very warm, almost hot, to the touch. Have you asked your dealership about it yet?
 

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Taking it to dealer this week. The challenge will be communicating the problem in French as my language skills are still developing. We live in the Walloon region of Belgium and purchased the vehicle via the overseas program. More to follow.<p>-dave
 

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Call ahead to the dealer and ask if anyone who speaks English will be working at the time you go in. There are likely several who do. Most people in Europe speak several languages. The trick is to struggle along in French a bit, so they don't think you are demanding English, and they'll most likely try a different language once they see you struggling.
 

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Re: Burn smell and hot spot on climate control panel (Adashi_510)

Dealer said hot spot is a "normal condition" that many owners have reported. They idled car for 2 hours and were unable to detect any burning smell. Since the smell appeared after 60 minutes of driving at 120 kph, may have to go out on a long drive and see if I can recreate the situation myself then drop in to the dealers and have technician look into it. hmmm...
 

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Dave,<br>Regrets but I cannot help you with the technical end of your problem. However, having just returned to Canada from two years in Belgium and having bought our XC90 via OSD I can feel your pain. The problem you may have to overcome is one of culture and not one of language - I speak French very well yet ran into occasional difficulties with our Volvo dealer in Brussels. If your problems persist then maybe try a different Volvo dealer. There are three in the east end of Brussels and most of my Canadian colleagues chose to drive to Overijse (SE of Brussels, just outside the Ring) to get their servicing and maintenance done on their XC90s, despite the diplomatic sales dept being in Stockel. This may be somewhat inconvenient due to the travel time but use it as a last resort if required. Ask for a loaner car or ride into the city and make a day of it with your family.<br>Hope you get your problem fixed locally though.<br>Best regards,<br>David
 

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Depending on how long it takes you to get there, run the car for awhile prior to heading to the dealership. Upon arrival and with it still running, drag the service rep to the car and place his hand on the climate control area. <br>He should get the hint...........
 

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Dealer tore apart dash and found no issues. Warm to touch is normal to them. They did remove some undercoating overspray from the manifold and exhaust. No more burning smell!
 

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Re: Follow Up (davecutter)

<br>Overspray, yep that would smell... Helped a friend find the burning smell on his car. Was a plastic<br>bag that was melted to the exhaust pipe. Not always a mfg issue..
 
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