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Old 08-23-2016, 12:34 AM   #1
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Question Burnt rubber smell coming from new front Michelin XRV tires...

Replaced two front steer tires on my MH with Michelin XRV 255/80R 22.5

Since the new tires were put on a few days ago there is a burnt rubber/wire smell when driving the MH.

Has anyone experience this? Is the burnt rubber smell normal or is there something wrong with the tires?
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Did you change tire size? It sounds like you have something rubbing your new tires? If you can raise the tires up high enough to get them off the ground with your jacks, spin them, and see if in fact, something is rubbing them? Not a normal smell, so I would caution you, to find out what is causing this, before driving it too far! Hope it is something simple? Rail!
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Did you change tire size? It sounds like you have something rubbing your new tires? If you can raise the tires up high enough to get them off the ground with your jacks, spin them, and see if in fact, something is rubbing them? Not a normal smell, so I would caution you, to find out what is causing this, before driving it too far! Hope it is something simple? Rail!
Changed from a comparable size, Toyo 265/75/22.5 to Michelin XRV 255/80R/22.5
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Try looking at both the inside and outside sides of the tires. Do you see rubbing marks on the tires? Or, do you seen "shiny" or "clean" or "worn" spots on the wheel wells or frame where the tires may be rubbing?
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Was any other work done to your MH at the same time the tires were changed? Just trying "process of elimination" to see if something else might be the cause. You did mention the possibility of a burnt wire smell.
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Overall Diameter has increased about 1/2" with that tire size change according to an online Tire Size Diameter calculator (attached image). That doesn't seem like enough go cause an issue to me, but I know when guys change tires on their Jeeps, usually getting bigger tires, the main concern is rubbing WHEN TURNING. Not sure if .41" would matter, but maybe turn your wheels all the way one way, get out and check for rubbing, then all the way the other way, check for rubbing?
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We experienced the same thing a couple of years ago when we installed new Bridgestone R280 steer tires. We assumed that it was chemicals in the new rubber. We'd pull off the highway, and when we stepped down the stairs to leave the coach, the smell from that steer tire was pretty bad.

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I would take the coach back to the tire shop, have them get it up on a lift and check.
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We experienced the same thing a couple of years ago when we installed new Bridgestone R280 steer tires. We assumed that it was chemicals in the new rubber. We'd pull off the highway, and when we stepped down the stairs to leave the coach, the smell from that steer tire was pretty bad.

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We had the same thing with our new Toyo tires.
Think it's the chemicals used to make them.
It goes away after awhile.
If you don't find any rub marks then that's probably it.
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We just had 6 new Michelins put on 255/80 22.5. We have driven the RV about 200 miles no smell. We didn't change tire size or manufacturer. Date code is Nov 2015 on the tires.
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After I replaced all six of my Michelin XZA+ I had a smell off them for a couple thousand miles. It gradually went away. The dealer had warned me about this so I was not overly concerned but they sure did stink for a while.
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