Took my parents 07 Outback with 11,000 miles for highway ride last week. Stopped at a rest area & noticed a smell when I got out, but could not identify it.
Car temp & all other signs OK.
On the way back I stopped & checked under the hood. The alternator was really hot, much more than the rest of the engine. Car had only been running 15 minutes around town. Outside temp was 50 deg.
Could not find anything wrong so drove home 250 miles with no incident.
Had them bring it to dealer & they ran a test, no codes, charging properly & no noticable noise from alt.
They say it is normal fo them to run hot.
Anyone else have this experience?