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Without seeing your car... possibly burnt off the serpentine fan belt due to a seized alternator that was not charging. See if the alternator spins over by hand; that could be the problem. I you. Mark

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Q: If you smell rubber burning and then shut the engine off and it wont start again what could the problem be on a 1995 V6 Ford contour?
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