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Unread 12-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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that strange rubber smell

Mmmm most strange, my jeep has started with a strange rubber smell from the outside,most obvious from the r/h rear wheel arch, anybody any ideas? There's no plastic bag or other stuff stuck to exhaust, no draging brakes, no oil seals leaking in the hub, no coolant leaks, no oil leaks that could be flung onto exhaust. Its defo a rubber smell rather than a plastic or oil one, doesn't happen all the time and can be on the shortest of drives or manouver from drive onto road. thought it might be the flash lube but its not that either, any other ideas? Cheers.

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Unread 12-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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hmmm.... Mine does that too. Mine seems to come from the driver's side rear wheel. .

I haven't taken the time to check it out, but I definitely notice it on occasion. I thought it might by my 265-75-16 rubbing on the shock, which it does a little, but feeling the tire it's not warm or anything in the back, so I don't think it's that. And the hubs all feel cool even after a blast on the highway.

No idea. But I'll be watching this post.
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Unread 12-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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hmmm.... Mine does that too. Mine seems to come from the driver's side rear wheel. .

I haven't taken the time to check it out, but I definitely notice it on occasion. I thought it might by my 265-75-16 rubbing on the shock, which it does a little, but feeling the tire it's not warm or anything in the back, so I don't think it's that. And the hubs all feel cool even after a blast on the highway.

No idea. But I'll be watching this post.
Pete

I have google search this problem and there is a few owners with same issue which is reported on the right hand rear side but with no conclusion that pinpoints the cause, just wanted to catch the problem early just incase its something that could develop into the usual big expense.

my thought is the reason for it being at that side could be because of the heat from the exhaust biasing that side and area but the smell goes as quick as it arrives so diagnosis using the nose soon goes. its a strange one, just hope it behaves itself and results in nothing but a bad smell.
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Unread 12-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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I am having the same issue. I had a wheel seal leaking so I thought, it has stopped for now. I am going to replace the wheel bearing and seal along with rear brakes this weekend. Hopefully I will either find something while apart or the smell goes away when I'm done. I also can not pinpoint the smell other than it seems stronger on the passenger side rear.
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Unread 12-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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Let us know your outcome. I have the same thing. It's dam annoying


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Unread 12-20-2013, 03:56 AM   #6
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What's the tread like on your tyres? I noticed this the less tread there is on the tyre...
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Unread 12-20-2013, 04:11 AM   #7
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What's the tread like on your tyres? I noticed this the less tread there is on the tyre...
estimate about 4mm all round, have you a theory? My issue can occur well before tyres get chance to warm up.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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Well finished up the rear brakes and passenger wheel bearing. Still have the burnt rubber smell not as strong on passenger side, but defiantly still there on both sides. Guess I'll have to keep looking.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 04:00 PM   #9
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What?? Were you dragging the wheel?? I had wondered if it was due to the level of tread on the tyres i.e. The lower the tread the more chance of "wearing" the rubber hence the smell.. just a thought OR it may be the opposite as it scrubs the newer tread.. mine have about 6mm on them all round and occasionally I get this.. but I've never worried about it.. when you've drove over 200 miles with a siezed caliper and smoke billowing out the rear wheel arch then you have something to worry about..fortunately for me it was cold and raining at the time.. but by the time the car was home It need all replaced, bearings, caliper, pads. discs the lot! Not Recommended...
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Unread 12-22-2013, 04:14 PM   #10
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No there was no brake hang up. Had a leaking wheel seal so replaced it and did pads and rotors as well.
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