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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
BrynneBeepBeep
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Burnt rubber smell?!?! Help!

For the past couple of days everytime I park my Jeep and get out, I am smelling a burnt rubber smell. I've popped the hood and nothing seems to be smoking or smells near the engine. I can smell it directly underneath the car on the rear driver side. Today, I noticed it smelled on the rear driver side also there was a 'clicking' next to the rear driver side tire. I had my brother take a look at it, and he said he thinks I may have ran over something plastic and it got stuck somewhere and is just burning away. I thought this made sense, since it went away for a day, then I just noticed it again this afternoon.

This is driving me nuts and I am having the worst luck this week. My windshield cracked across the entire car and then this happened! PLEASE HELP! Any advice

Was hoping it wouldn't last this long otherwise I will have to take it into the shop. Not looking forward to another big repair including the windshield.

Thanks!

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Unread 04-17-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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What year is your Liberty. If it is an '03 or later the smell could be your emergency brake shoes rubbing inside the drum and creating a lot of heat resulting in the smell.

Have a shop take a look at the parking/emergency brake if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

Bob
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Unread 04-17-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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What year is your Liberty. If it is an '03 or later the smell could be your emergency brake shoes rubbing inside the drum and creating a lot of heat resulting in the smell.

Have a shop take a look at the parking/emergency brake if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

Bob
Thanks Bob, going to have my brother take a peek at it when he gets home.
It seems like it's everywhere. At lunch, it was very noticeable and even the rear breaks were 'creaking' a lot. But after lunch, no smell, and nothing 'creaking'.

Seems to be on and off a lot. Hopefully will figure out what's going on with it tonight. If not, will have to take it to the shop Friday. Hopefully it's safe to drive to work tomorrow

P.S. Jeep is 2005
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Unread 04-19-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Please let us know what you find out. I am experiencing a similar problem - i.e., a burning plastic smell (interior when vent or a/c is on) after driving a few minutes.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
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Please let us know what you find out. I am experiencing a similar problem - i.e., a burning plastic smell (interior when vent or a/c is on) after driving a few minutes.
The smell you're experiencing sounds like oil dripping onto your exhaust manifold from the valve covers - a common repair with this engine. Replacing the valve cover gaskets will cure that.

To confirm shine a bright flashlight on the lower, rearmost bolt of the valve covers and look for oil residue on the cylinder head and exhaust manifolds. Also rub a rag on the bottom edge of the cylinder head. The drip isn't a real problem mechanically - more of an annoyance so you can wait if you need to.

Bob

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