Dust from vents and burning smell
I just noticed this problem in my 2004 Prius:
There was a lot of dust in my car on my dash. I noticed this week because I usually keep my car pretty clean, inside and outside.
Two days ago, my friend noticed an odd smell and asked me if it was normal. I attributed the smell to the IKEA furniture in my car - it smelled faintly like the store.
Today, I was driving around running errands when I noticed a very distinct BURNING smell coming from my vents. I stopped my car, pulled over and popped my head under the hood. I am not sure what i was looking for, but I tried to see if it, too, had the same smell as my cabin. No luck.
I continued driving without the AC on and the smell got so bad, I began to panic and count how many seconds it would take me to pull out the fire extinguisher from my trunk. I pulled over and turned my car off again because I thought something had definitely caught on fire under my hood, or an electrical piece was smoking.
I started my car to get to a local store, and noticed a dusty/smokey substance coming out of my vents when the car started. The burning smell followed shortly after.
I shopped for about an hour, then got back on the road. The whole way, I rolled all the windows down and had the air off, but I still smelled something burning, especially when I stopped at a light or sign.
What is happening??? I've worried so much today that I've become unreasonably worried.Is my car going to blow up or go up in flames?
Am I going to have to stop driving my car right now?