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Big D2010-08-08 21:18:48 +0000 #1
A short time ago I bought a 1995 Pathfinder. My boyfriend replaced a number of front end parts (cv joints, ball joints, tie rods) I also had new brake pads and a brand new set of tires installed by the pros. Dang those tired look cool.

Anyway, I've noticed a burning rubber smell after driving it. It's only on the driver's side and seems to be more prominent in the front.

It's not speed related because I notice it after going to and from work and I'm usually caught in rush hour traffic so I don't get to go very fast.

It is a standard, but I don't ride the clutch.

Myron hasn't had a chance to take a look at it, but I had it at the mechanic for a safety inspection and was told they couldn't find anything.

Any thoughts?

If it's just that the new parts need to "break in" I'll relax, but if ignoring it is asking for trouble.....

Thanks for any input.

phreebsd2010-08-08 21:28:12 +0000 #2
ive noticed new brakes smell sometimes but not for long
Big D2010-08-08 21:45:57 +0000 #3
This was before the brakes were done, but good thought.

The mechanic said that sometimes when someone does a sloppy oil change the oil drips on stuff and it takes a while to burn off which can cause that smell. Considering the fact that I had to have an oil change done too, I would have assumed that enough time has passed since the last one.
Bruteality2010-08-08 22:36:18 +0000 #4
Did you go with larger tires if so could be a rub on the fender walls look for smooth fresh metal spots. Also check that the exhaust is not melting the rubber mounts just a couple of thoughts. Something like a vacume hose got moved to close to the manifold when the front end work was done hope this helps
Big D2010-08-08 21:52:10 +0000 #5
The tires are bigger, but look oh-so-cool on such a little truck.

I'll add your suggestions to the list of things to check.

Thanks for the input.
Josh2010-08-08 23:02:18 +0000 #6
Well, burning oil doesn't quite smell like burning rubber, a clutch smells nothing like the two. If it was me, next time I smelled it, I'd pop the hood and look for any smoke. If something is burning theirs bound to be some smoke from it



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