Burning Rubber Smell at 5 miles. Any ideas?

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  1. Shadow

    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    I have two 2016 HC's, one Pitch Black and one PCP. Driving the Black HC and have 400 miles on it with zero issues. The PCP car was bought to put away, to see what happens to value in a few years.
    I didn't have the dealer do any prep to the car, and trailered it home for storage. The only time it's been driven is around the parking lots to get it in and out of the trailer at idle speed. On Saturday, I though I would drive it down the street to be sure all the seals didn't dry out, and get it up to operating temp. So, I let it idle for a couple of minutes, then drove it 1/2 mile at about 40 mph and then another trip up the street and back, bringing it up to 50 mph to get the temp up. Brought it back into the garage and a very harsh burning rubber smell is coming out from under the hood with some smoke. Shut it off and raised the hood, but cannot readily see any issue.
    The Black car had some smells on the way home from the dealership, but faded quickly. This PCP car has me worried with the harsh burning rubber smell and the smoke.
    Any ideas from members? Thanks in advance.
     
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    roadwingsrt SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    In case you are confusing a burnt rubber smell with plastic, check to see if there is any cellophane on your exhaust components. I found the cause of my burning smell when I bought it in the form of two pieces of cellophane stuck to the pipes and the rear suspension. This plastic was missed by the tech prepping the car for delivery.
     
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    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    It's not that, but thanks. The dealer's 'Make Ready' guy did a good job removing everything (and saving it for me).
    This smell is like a belt or hose burning. More like a belt.
     
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    Since you are never going to drive the car and just bought it for investment, I wouldn't worry about the smell. Put the car cover back on and relax. When they push it onto the auction block at Mecum everyone will think it's still the original protective coatings burning off and it will add to the value.
     
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    did you take the blue plastic cover off of the supercharger?
     
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    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Well, I appreciate the advice...but I'd like to get it pinned down, in case something serious is wrong. I'll need to start/drive this car very sparingly to keep everything lubed up and turning.
     
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    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, all shipping plastic is off. It's rubber burning smell (with some smoke), not a plastic smell.
     
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    Red Harley Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member HCC National Secretary

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    Just trailer it to the dealership and let the mechanic check it out. That would be the safest way to handle the issue as it is an investment car for you.
     
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    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    I suspect that's what's I'll do. Just thought someone else might have encountered this and have a suggestion before I rented the trailer.
    (nice trike..btw, I have a 2015 CVO Road Glide in maroon)
     
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    Red Harley Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member HCC National Secretary

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    Thanks next to driving the Harley our Hellcat is tops. I like the Road Glide had a maroon trike in 2011.
     
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    its the stickers on the exhaust
     
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    Shadow Silver Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Where are the stickers on the exhaust located? I'll check that first....
     
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    youll see them. theyll be black and burnt
     
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    My charger had a power steering leak from the factory. I only noticed the smell at idle (sitting at red lights). Never saw any smoke or anything. I had a puddle of fluid on the garage floor after a few days, and the fluid level was low. Keep an eye out for that.
     
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    I drove mine off the lot and within a mile had turned around and went back after seeing smoke. Three techs came outside, as I was the guy who bought their Hellcat. They looked through the engine bay. At that point smoke was gone. Going by smell and experience they affirmed it was just cookoff. My car had two miles on it when I bought it. But I can't say it smelled like burnt rubber. For me it had a slight coolant kind of smell. Back on the road and all gone.
     

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