What does a burning serpentine belt smell like?
The smell of melting rubber suggests that the belts or related components are working harder than they are intended to, which is causing the rubber belts to heat up and melt. Continually running your engine at a load outside of its range is dangerous and can cause irreparable damage to various components.
Can I drive my car if it smells like burning rubber?
If your car smells like burning rubber, turn off the engine and check under the hood to see if anything looks out of place. Chances are that the smell results from a belt or other part slipping and rubbing against the hot engine. If you can’t identify the problem, take your car to a mechanic.
Why does my engine smell like burning rubber?
If Your Car Smells Like Burnt Rubber
This may be the result of an engine belt that’s slipped. It could also be a hose from the cooling or power steering system that’s rubbing on a belt and has started to melt. What to do: Wait until your car cools down, then open the hood and inspect your belts and hoses.