burning rubber smell - 96 camry, 4-cyl.

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Old 12 Feb 2006, 01:30 am   #1 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Default burning rubber smell - 96 camry, 4-cyl.

I get a burning rubber smell, but only very rarely, usually only when
driving through a hilly neighborhood. What could be causing this?

Nothing under the hood is smoking/catching fire. I just changed my air
hose last month, no change. Noticed the burning rubber smell maybe a
year ago, but like I said, it's mostly from driving in a hilly area - I
live in the flatlands.

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Old 12 Feb 2006, 05:27 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: burning rubber smell - 96 camry, 4-cyl.

New brakes give off a distictive smell, same as a new clutch would
(different, but distictive)

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Old 12 Feb 2006, 11:47 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: burning rubber smell - 96 camry, 4-cyl.

onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> I get a burning rubber smell, but only very rarely, usually only when
> driving through a hilly neighborhood. What could be causing this?
>
> Nothing under the hood is smoking/catching fire. I just changed my
> air hose last month, no change. Noticed the burning rubber smell
> maybe a year ago, but like I said, it's mostly from driving in a
> hilly area - I live in the flatlands.


Check the gasket that's at the rear of the hood just before the windshield.
If this is bad you can get underhood smells into the air intake then into
cab.
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Old 12 Feb 2006, 11:58 am   #4 (permalink)
Jason James
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<onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I get a burning rubber smell, but only very rarely, usually only when
> driving through a hilly neighborhood. What could be causing this?
>
> Nothing under the hood is smoking/catching fire. I just changed my air
> hose last month, no change. Noticed the burning rubber smell maybe a
> year ago, but like I said, it's mostly from driving in a hilly area - I
> live in the flatlands.


These type of incidents in anolder vehicle are not uncommon. Basically, once
you start driving in hilly country you are using more throttle and brakes
and the engine is providing more horse-power. This in turn causes
temperatures to rise virtually everywhere ie engine-oil, coolant,
exhaust-system, the engine itself, tires, brakes and so on. Any one of these
will start to smell if there is a build-up of oil, grease or even plastic
road-rubbish stuck on the hot exhaust.

If the smell is that bad,..stop the car and see if you can localise where
the odor is coming from.

As an aside, I had many years ago, a shitbox old Passat. I was descending
down an extremely heavy incline and I had to use the brakes more,..a lot
more than usual. The car was automatic (to make it worse) and had limited
engine braking. Eventually, I had to pullover as the brakes were fading.
When I got out, there was smoke coming from the front wheels. That was the
hot brake-disks causing the caliper-piston dust-boots to smoulder.

That was an extreme account of the extra stresses and heat that occur during
hilly driving,...what a bastard of a car that was :-)

Jason


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