Why does my car smell like burning rubber?

You might guess that a burning rubber smell from your car is indication that there’s a problem with your tires, but that’s not always the case. Still, your tires are a good place to start. Inspect your vehicle’s wheel wells and crank your steering wheel to ensure there’s no damage to your tires from rubbing against any mechanical parts that may have come loose.

If your tires check out, the main culprit is likely to be a loose fan belt. Raise your hood and locate the long, black serpentine belt which runs through several of your vehicle’s systems (it’s not difficult to spot). Examine the belt closely, checking for cracks or frayed edges.

You can have your serpentine belt replaced by a professional mechanic. Cost will vary, with the price of most belts ranging from $25 to $75 and the addition of labor. But this is far preferable to the alternative, where a broken belt could mean even more money spent on tow truck fees.

Find a local mechanic to help you diagnose the problem.

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