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Burning Rubber Smell?

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Yesterday is was out driving on the beach in my '98 Ram 1500 4x4 with a 360 and auto tranny. after about 30 to 45 minutes, I started smelling burning rubber (which I thought was wierd, because I was driving in sand) and I smelled it until I got back on the road. At first I thought it might have been the truck in front of me, but then it pulled off to the side and I still smelled it when I was by myself. I wasn't ragging on my truck too hard, I was in 1st 2nd gear going between 25 and 40 mph, sninning the tires every now and again. I guess it may have been the belt slipping, but I didn't hear any squealing. Does anyone have any ideas on this one?
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Did you pop the hood to see where, if any, vapors were coming off the engine?
NO, but I'll check today to see what I can see.
See if anything is touching the Exhuast or real close to it. Check the Manafolds Too
You may have picked up some garbage off the beach that melted on the exhaust? Could have cooked a crab or a clam? :)
how about your converter? had the same smell with my 90 dakota.
Sounds like one of those beach condoms went near your cat.
bummo thats sick..but funny.
Well I haven't smelled it since, it probably was something that got stuck to my exhaust. I was worried that it may have been the torque converter, but it seems fine now. How else would I be able to tell if the converter is going to hell?
im sorry, i was talking about catalytic converter.
oh...i shoulda known. you probably couldn't smell the torque convertor burning anyhow. i'm a dumbass...
my bad, should have said it in the first post. are you losing power going up a good size hill?
I don't know, it's pretty flat out here in coastal North Carolina. j/k. I went out of town a couple weeks ago, I didn't notice any power loss on the hills, I'm going again this weekend, so I'll pay closer attention. One thing I remember though, my truck usually runs at about 180 degrees, when I was on the beach, it was running around 200 to 210, not over heating, but maybe enough extra heat to burn up some deposits in the cat.
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