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post #1 of 48 Old 01-20-2011, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Burnt rubber smell.

I have a faint burning rubber smell coming from the right rear area after I shut my jeep off. Nothing is rubbing on anyhting. Nothing is on the exhaust. Axle seals are not leaking cause I just replaced those. Rear pads are new from mopar. I just recently removed the right rear tire and took apart the brakes and cleaned the mud and leaves off of it. Looked at the pads and did not see anything wrong with them. I am currently trying to fix my running a tad rough problem. I'm waiting for my jeep guy from work to find me some more good injectors cause the spray pattern is horrible. Could that be it? Anybody have this?


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post #2 of 48 Old 01-21-2011, 01:12 AM
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I have a faint burning rubber smell coming from the right rear area after I shut my jeep off. Nothing is rubbing on anyhting. Nothing is on the exhaust. Axle seals are not leaking cause I just replaced those. Rear pads are new from mopar. I just recently removed the right rear tire and took apart the brakes and cleaned the mud and leaves off of it. Looked at the pads and did not see anything wrong with them. I am currently trying to fix my running a tad rough problem. I'm waiting for my jeep guy from work to find me some more good injectors cause the spray pattern is horrible. Could that be it? Anybody have this?
yep, yep, and yep.
i have the exact same symptoms... faint burning rubber smell coming from right rear area. and just like you... i can find nothing wrong. i thought that it may be my rear drums at first and ended up taking it off... needed to be taken off anyway as it was seized up but did nothing to get rid of that smell.
i will be interested to see if anyone has an idea about this...

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It doesn't really bother me, it's just it is annoying when I walk away knowing other people might smell it too. Anyone else have this?

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post #5 of 48 Old 01-24-2011, 02:58 PM
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Same thing is happening on my 03 overland. i have no clue what it is or when it started because its on the right side and i dont usualy go over there after i shut the car off but it must have been recent.
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i was at the jeep dealer for something else today and he came up with a very plausible possibility....

he said that when the rear axle seal leaks it will get into that area (right rear - brakes) and it can cause a burning rubberish smell.

i am sure that some will poo poo the idea but seems possible to me...

to know if this is your problem you can take off the tire/wheel, caliper anchor and rotor and should be able to see... i had noticed a couple of weeks ago that mine was leaking a little but never thought that it may have something to do with the smell.

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I have a WG UK and right rear is drivers side, I noticed a smell coming from the same wheel the other week but I haven't figured it out yet either
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post #8 of 48 Old 01-24-2011, 06:23 PM
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Caliper could be sticking. This happened to me a while back. It would happen intermittently for a little while then one day it completely stuck in the braking position and wouldn't even let the jeep move at idle. I replaced the caliper, bled the brakes and the problem went away.

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post #9 of 48 Old 01-25-2011, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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I've replaced my axle seals about 5 months ago. cleaned the parking shoes with mineral spritis and brush. Sprayed with brake clean. everything was fine. started getting the smell. Took passenger side apart twice and cleaned mud and made sure everything is moving correctly. Caliper could possible being going out. I notice more because my son's car seat is on the pass side and most of the time when I get him out I can smell it. Not all the time though. I guess I will look into it further. At least I'm not the only one!

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I've replaced my axle seals about 5 months ago. cleaned the parking shoes with mineral spritis and brush. Sprayed with brake clean. everything was fine. started getting the smell. Took passenger side apart twice and cleaned mud and made sure everything is moving correctly. Caliper could possible being going out. I notice more because my son's car seat is on the pass side and most of the time when I get him out I can smell it. Not all the time though. I guess I will look into it further. At least I'm not the only one!
same case with me... sons car seat is on passenger side and i notice it when i get him out... i guess the proof (at least in my case) will be once the seal is replaced if the smell goes away...

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I also have this faint rubber burn smell......but it's only apparent on cold days, and after at least a 15min drive. I've inspected and temp checked (laser thermo) just about everything I can get to with no avail. It seems to be worse the colder it is. I parked the other day at the top of a Mtn to ski and it was really strong (-1 *).

I have also noticed it's only right as you shut the truck off, it then fades, and doesn't "smolder" or get worse.

This makes me think it's just a reaction in the Cat making a strange smell, and then as the engine is shut off it goes away.

I've smelled burning oils and greases of all types and it's not that. I also have no signs of any seal leakage...

It's just the way "Vicky" smells.

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I didn't realize I would get so many other people with this burning smell. I have even stuck my nose in my exhaust right after I shut it off, Quick ran to the back, and smelled. I smelt it for a second and it was gone. I leave my jeep running while I get my son out and I can smell it while it is running. Not in the exhaust, just in that area.

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post #13 of 48 Old 01-25-2011, 12:09 PM
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I smell it in my garage after parking it in the afternoon. I don't typically notice it unless I go in the house and back out to the garage (with the garage door shut) to get something.

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ok i might have figured it out i pulled into my garage a few minute ago and ran over to the passenger side of the jeep to check if i smelled it anymore and i noticed that melting slush was dripping right onto the catalytic converter from a skid plate(stock overland plate) when i smelled the steam it smelled like burning rubber. I had just driven maybe twenty minutes through snow and slush and it was all stuck on top of the skid plate.

also this made me think that even if you hadnt been driving the the snow it could be frozen to the bottom of the jeep and when the car heats up it starts to drip??

hope this helps
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post #15 of 48 Old 01-27-2011, 01:25 PM
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You ran? what means this? is it like walking but less fun...i need a lie down now just thinking about it.
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