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Hot/warm Bonnet


bmwnunkie
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Just got an old ( gen 6 ) Celica ( 1994) and drove it about 5/6 miles. When I parked it up at home,, it smelled a little hot. On investigation, I found that the drivers side bonnet, just above the wheel arch, was very warm. I checked the wheel underneath the area to see if it was binding and caused heat to travel up to the bonnet but this was fine. Looking under the bonnet, I can't see anything that may be obviously responsible for the source of the heat with the possible exception of the alternator (?) which seemed to be quite warm/hot. Is this normal? If not what should I look for to eliminate the problem, I am concerned that whatever is causing it will catch fire and ruin the car.

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Possibly worn or partially seized bearings on the alternator. The heat could be from the drive belt which will be slipping on the pulley wheel. Burning rubber smell?

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