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I came back from church this morning and saw this suspicious puddle as I was pulling into my garage. It is directly under the exhaust pipe, and also about a 1.5 feet back from the pipe. I consistently park my car in the same location every time. Automotive tire Tire Auto part Automotive wheel system Vehicle


I haven't seen this puddle ever before. It is not from melted ice or snow from the car. We haven't had any snow for the past 2 weeks. The puddle is black, so if it is water, it is dirty water. I think it is just water, probably condensation from the exhaust when I preconditioned the car this morning before leaving for church. It was about 5 degrees F. this morning. I didn't notice the puddle as I got into the car to leave, however, I did smell a slight burnt rubber smell when I got into the car. I assumed it was the normal burnt smell which is caused by a new engine burning off some of the coatings from the manufacturing process. Now I'm not so sure.

Is this anything to be concerned about?
 

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Thanks all, that's what I thought as well, just wanted to make sure though. With all of the problems that I've been experiencing, I'm probably more worried than I should be!
 

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Thanks kichiew for that explanation...I knew the black puddle wasn't just from road ice. Now it makes sense. On one hand I'm glad that it is normal, on the other hand, I wish I didn't have black puddles forming!
 

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Turn off "engine assisted heat while plugged in." (assuming you are pre-heating while plugged in of course).
Yes, I already knew about that. Instead, I decided to let it do its thing and not turn off the engine assisted heat; because it seems like the heater is stronger when the engine comes on. I think it works out ok if I'm doing a trip over the amount of my electric range, and the engine is going to come on eventually anyway.
 
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