Truck Modifications

  • Take a look at 3 of Ford's off-road concepts

    Few companies are as dedicated to off-roading as Ford. While many are familiar with some of the automaker's vehicles, the American brand recently introduced a few new concepts that fans of off-road driving should get acquainted with. Many of the models were unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show, and although they may have been overshadowed by machines from other manufacturers, these creations from Ford are certainly worthy of a second glance. 

    2014 Ford F-150 Adventure Edition
    The 2014 Ford F-150 Adventure Edition was designed by The Sportsman Channel, and like the name implies, it is the perfect machine for adventurous drivers. Fans of the channel sent in ideas about what type of features they would want in a vehicle for any type of hunting, camping, fishing or hiking trip, and that insight was used to make decisions about the final product. 

    Some of the truck mods include custom bumpers, fender flares and 20-inch all-terrain wheels matched with specialty tires. A Ford lift kit has also been installed to add an additional 6 inches to the height, which makes it easier to traverse terrain, and the 11,000-pound winch allows for easy towing as well. It even has a locked storage compartment and an enhanced audio system to make your time in the great outdoors even more enjoyable. 

    While this vehicle can certainly be used for standing off-roading - everything from rock crawling to mudding will likely be easier with all of the upgrades - it is also ideal for any other type of recreation. 

    Ford F-350 by EcoTrek
    Based off a Ford F-350, this EcoTrek creation stands out - and for more than just its brightly colored exterior. In addition to its red-orange paint job, this custom vehicle boasts a number of truck modifications that could prove to make a difference when off-roading. To start with, it's had a 50-gallon fuel tank installed, to go along with a 75-gallon tank on the truck bed. When both compartments are filled with fuel, the truck's range extends to approximately 1,800 miles. Beyond that, it can also be fueled up with diesel, biodiesel or algae-based biodiesel - or any combination of the three, according to Gizmag. 

    Even driving thousands of miles can be done in comfort. EcoTrek has outfitted the vehicle with a roof shelter, stoves and a small refrigerator, and it even has solar panels installed on the roof for an additional power source. As if that wasn't enough, the interior of the Ford is complete with sleeping bags, backpacks and storage lockers. All you need to do is store some food in the truck and you're good to go halfway across the country without having to stop. 

    The entire vehicle sits on 20-inch wheels that are capable of being covered with street or off-road tires. If you do decide to take the machine off-roading, you can reap the rewards of the 9-inch lift kit. 

    Ford F-150 Backwoods Sportsman by Skyjacker Suspensions
    Keeping in the theme of extreme off-road vehicles, the brand also created the Skyjacker Suspension Backwoods Sportsman Ford F-150. While on the outside this machine closely resembles the standard F-150, it does feature a 6-inch suspension lift kit, an upgraded lockable storage area and special Fab Fours bumpers. The suspension is stabilized by the large BFGoodrich tires, which help the truck find some solid ground even when crossing unstable terrain. 

    These are just three of the many concept vehicles Ford brought to the 2013 SEMA Show. Although they may simply have been custom creations that won't enter the main market anytime soon, these trucks could provide some inspiration for drivers who are ready to take their vehicles to the extreme.

  • Chevrolet introduces trucks inspired by famous figures

    The SEMA Show may have come to a close, but the buzz surrounding many of the models introduced at the show is just beginning. Chevrolet made sure to place itself at the center of this hype with the unveiling of many new concepts and creations. Several of the trucks getting the most attention were inspired by a few famous faces, ranging from the world of race car driving to country music.

    Although these vehicles may not be the most impressive models featured at the auto showcase, they will likely be among the biggest takeaways thanks to the high-profile individuals attached to the project. Here are two that fit the bill and could even be a worthy off-road vehicle with a few upgrades: 

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado Brad Paisley Signature Concept 
    One of the first creations revealed by Chevrolet was the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Brad Paisley Signature Concept. The country singer worked with the automaker to customize a 2014 Silverado in his own style. According to Automobile magazine, Paisley is a big fan of elegant vehicles and wanted to draw inspiration from models like the 2014 Corvette and Camaro to capture the right attitude of the custom truck. 

    To mimic the high-class design of those sports cars, Paisley's pickup truck features body-colored bumpers and a bright electric blue paint job. It's even got his initials etched into the side. Some drivers may be disappointed that the Paisley and his designers passed over installing a lift kit in favor of 22-inch tires and a louvered hood. In fact, the truck's ride height has actually been dropped by 2 inches, likely in an effort to separate it from other Chevrolet offerings, the news source reported. 

    The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Brad Paisley Signature Concept may not be built for off-roading, but it does offer a few nice touches that will certainly turn heads on the road. With a sporty look and stylish details that are sure to enhance the performance of the truck, this customized concept is not like other models Chevy brought to SEMA. 

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado Tony Stewart Concept
    Race car driver Tony Stewart also served as the inspiration for a pickup truck, dubbed the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Tony Stewart Concept. While Stewart may not typically get to design his own vehicles, he does have a familiarity with cars that undoubtedly allowed him to create a top-notch custom truck. He wasn't the only professional driver to join efforts with Chevrolet - Jeff Gordon also worked with the company to create a Chevrolet SS for the show - but his 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Tony Stewart Concept was certainly one of the coolest models. 

    The base of the concept is a Chevy Silverado Z71, which comes equipped with many amenities for off-road driving. Chevrolet has added 22-inch wheels, 4-inch chrome assist steps and a tonneau cover to provide extra protection. It's outfitted with "Dark Tarnished Silver" paint and some gray and red graphics. Stewart's signature has been engraved on the headrests for a final touch in the interior, and the headlights and taillights have been tinted to better mesh with Stewart's nickname: "Smoke." 

    Concept vehicles from Chevrolet did not disappoint, and these trucks were just two of many customized models from the American automaker to make an appearance at the 2013 SEMA Show. Although these pickup trucks probably won't be sent into mass production anytime soon, getting a glimpse of the truck modifications on these vehicles could be enough to give drivers ideas for the future or, at the very least, an idea of what some famous faces are looking for in a heavy-duty automobile. 

  • Ram introduces 3 new concept trucks

    It was an eventful few days at the 2013 SEMA Show, with many automakers unveiling their unique creations and concepts to the public. Ram was one of the many manufacturers to show off a few unique designs, and three of them should definitely have stood out to avid off-road drivers. Although these were just three of many vehicles the American brand brought with it to Las Vegas, they were definitely among the models that made an impact. 

    Ram Sun Chaser
    The Ram Sun Chaser isn't quite like any other off-road vehicle from the brand. It's more suited for the beach than the wilderness, but those drivers who spend a lot of time off-roading in unique destinations or traveling across large expanses of sand might not mind. At the heart of the Sun Chaser is a two-inch Dodge lift kit, and adjustable seats that can be arranged to fit any type of recreational gear. 

    Surfers can carry their equipment with the help of a specially designed roof rack that has been renamed the "surf rack." With two adjustable support rails able to change size to accommodate any size surfboard, plus additional hooks on the side of the rails that can hold as many as four boards, there is plenty of room to store all of the gear a surfer needs. 

    Painted with a coat of "Vibrance Orange Blast," the Sun Chaser also features two-tone accents in "Brilliant Black." Drivers can keep the exterior looking pristine with a bed-side storage update that keeps a water tank and hose on hand at all times. This system allows an owner to wash off salt water, sand or seaweed without an external hook up, and there is even a portable shower head that can be transformed into a shower kit for on-the-go use.

    Ram Dually Case Work Truck
    Those who want their vehicles to be a bit more heavy-duty can turn their attention to the Dually Case Work Truck. Built from a Ram 3500 regular cab truck with a diesel engine, this pickup is painted a "Bulldozer Orange" and includes a number of truck mods that make it well-suited for construction work. 

    Protection of the vehicle is of the utmost importance, especially on a potentially hazardous construction site, which is why rear splash guards and power running boards have already been installed. There are also numerous alterations that can make it more apt for a construction zone. A split pullout bedliner can transform into a workbench in minutes, while utility rails and cargo hoops provide the space and tools needed to carry extra equipment. 

    The truck was created as part of an effort with Case, an agricultural and construction equipment provider that is part of Fiat Industrial, which also shares a parent company with Ram. According to PickupTrucks.com, the prevalence of Case on this specific truck was done to underscore Ram's strong ties and history with the construction industry and emphasize its capabilities within this sphere. 

    Ram ProMaster
    Rounding out the collection of modified Ram trucks is the ProMaster. This truck was designed to act as the perfect balance between being an off-road vehicle and a race-support vehicle. It is capable of pulling heavy loads and has a hitch receiver and trailer-tow wiring harness attached. Intense splash guards and increased cargo space mean that you can transport any equipment and not have to worry about the potential for damage. Toolboxes, spare tires and bins come together to create a "rolling garage" that would be suitable for any driver. 

    A few racing-inspired design elements complete the ProMaster. Accents in Mopar Blue complement the leather interior, which also boasts Wi-Fi and a power inverter. 

  • Ford unveils a classic custom truck

    The 2013 SEMA Show is still in its beginning stages, but already many big reveals have struck a chord with audiences. Perhaps the vehicle that will leave the biggest impression with truck lovers is the custom 1956 Ford F100, which has been dubbed the "Snakebit." 

    While the Snakebit probably won't be able to handle any extreme off-roading any time soon, it is certainly a bold look at the possibilities of truck mods, and its reveal was fit for any high-end vehicle. 

    Unveiling the Snakebit F100
    Ford pulled out all the stops to show off the Snakebit F100 - including outfitting the debut with some big names. The automaker recruited KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, to do the honor of revealing the final product. 

    The Snakebit was the idea of Tom Foster, a car builder is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He designed the truck with the classic Shelby Mustangs in mind, and you can see a few sporty touches present on the finished vehicle. For example, the interior of the truck, including its leather bench seat, has been contoured to match the Mustang. Even the wheels, which measure in at 18 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear, were inspired by the sports car. 

    Extensive truck mods
    Updating a 1956 pickup truck wasn't simple by any means. The vehicle went through some intense rounds of truck modifications to get it up to par. To start, the wheelbase was extended by 5 inches and the box was widened to look proportional. It was capped off with a billet machined floor, which was designed to look like natural wood. That style is mimicked in the rest of the interior with touches like handmade panels, two-tone leather and a wrapped dashboard. 

    Powering it all is a 5.4-liter V-8 engine with a revamped exhaust system. It is capable of putting out up to 550 horsepower, which is controlled by the five-speed manual transmission. Custom-built headlights and taillights stand out from the metallic gray paint job to provide plenty of visibility and a clean, streamlined appearance. 

    All for charity
    Simmons may not have been wearing his iconic KISS facial makeup, but that is likely because he wasn't present to promote his own music. Rather, he was there to be a part of a good cause. The Snakebit F100 is set to be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson early next year, with all of the proceeds from the vehicle going to fund a children's hospital in Saskatchewan. That Canadian region is one of only two provinces without a dedicated children's hospital and also happens to be the location of Tweed's hometown, bringing the whole event full circle. 

    "The Wheels of Dreams project symbolizes how people can come together and meet the needs of our children and families by raising much-needed funds for the new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan," said Brynn Boback-Lane, president of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. "Just like the hospital, this concept car project started as an idea and a desire to do something better for our community. What began as a grassroots idea the volunteers and supporters of Wheels of Dreams have turned into a major international fundraiser opportunity that will ultimately benefit our foundation." 

    Although the Snakebit F100 was just one of about 50 vehicles Ford brought to the show, it is almost definitely the one people will remember best - and if all goes well, the one that will bring in the most money for a good cause. Simmons himself said that he hopes the truck will sell for more than $1,000,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction. 

  • Ram debuts off-roading concept truck at SEMA

    As the 2013 SEMA Show continues on, more automakers are making waves with special editions and concept trucks. Chevy went out and unveiled its new idea on the first day, turning its focus toward a smaller, lighter model that favors performance over anything else. Although the design may not have been for everyone, it was an interesting idea to explore and may have piqued the interest of drivers. 

    Ram was the latest to jump on board with special trucks, as the manufacturer teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles to form a special Ram Concept that entered the public eye at the SEMA Show. 

    The latest Ram
    Based on the 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab, the newest Ram concept is designed to be an all-encompassing off-road vehicle. Boasting a new modular style, the vehicle comes equipped with heavy-duty winches, a diesel engine, custom shocks and a high-steer kit for better performance. 

    It also already comes outfitted with a Dodge lift kit, which bumps up the ground clearance by 3 inches while still using factory coils. That helps to make room for 40-inch tires, which operate seamlessly with custom-made fender flares. These create a completely unique look for the truck, furthering its reputation as a rugged off-road truck that is capable of anything. 

    Primed for off-road driving
    This AEV Ram Concept is outfitted with plenty of features that make it a great option for off-roading. As it was designed specifically for the consummate outdoorsman and off-road driver, that's certainly no surprise, but enthusiasts may have to wait to get behind the wheel. Although it appears to be ready for production, there is no official word on when a release will take place, according to AutoBlog. 

    This isn't the first time American Expedition Vehicles has set out to create a unique off-road vehicle. The Michigan-based company has been modifying SUVs and trucks for more than 15 years, the news source reported. However, this concept is the first it ever collaborated on with Dodge. The company typically makes Jeep modifications that result in automobiles capable of extreme off-roading, although they tend to lack the ability to haul heavy loads. That is one of the major qualities of this Ram, so perhaps AEV is changing its tune and striving to make more well-rounded off-road vehicles. 

  • Chevy debuts new concept truck

    The famous SEMA Auto Show is set to take place Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, but word has already spread about some of the biggest reveals set for the festivities. One vehicle that is sure to attract its fair share of attention is the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne, which is the newest concept truck from the automaker. 

    Chevrolet's latest concept
    Based off the adage "less is more," the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne aims to offer drivers a pickup truck that prioritizes performance over everything else. With a goal of creating a vehicle that has superior braking and handling capabilities, Chevy revamped its standard Silverado design and outfitted it with a few amenities that make it unique. 

    "The Cheyenne concept explores the performance possibilities of the all-new Silverado, which is which built on a mass-efficient layout and delivers a greater balance of performance and efficiency than any other full-size truck in Chevrolet's history," said Chris Perry, vice president of marketing for the brand. 

    A bevy of new features
    All of the truck mods made to turn the traditional Silverado into this Cheyenne concept could make the truck a prime off-road vehicle. The weight alone was cut by nearly 200 pounds thanks to changes to the bumper, tailgate and cargo box, but the automaker didn't stop there. It also lowered the height and added a rear stabilizer bar for better maneuverability and performance.  

    Perhaps the most exciting change is the swapping of the standard engine for a new, high-powered motor. Those who get behind the wheel of the concept truck can enjoy a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque. According to the brand, that means motorists can see an increase of 65 horsepower and 77 foot-pounds compared to the standard option. 

    "Elements such as high-strength steel in the frame and body structure are found on all production models, while some also feature aluminum suspension components, contributing to the Silverado's everyday performance," Perry said. "With the Cheyenne concept, we've taken the low-mass concept to a new level - with exciting results. It's only a concept right now, but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more." 

    Although this concept truck is just being introduced Nov. 4, fans of off-roading and unique vehicles can expect to hear more news about its potential arrival on the market in the coming weeks. 

  • Should you invest in tire chains for winter?

    Winter is the perfect time to upgrade your truck or SUV. The arrival of inclement weather brings about the prospect of driving in snowy or icy conditions, and that means it is time to complete a few truck modifications that could improve performance and handling in these instances. 

    The basics of tire chains
    A popular option for drivers getting ready for winter is tire chains. These devices increase traction in snowy conditions and can significantly improve the way an automobile performs in the winter, even if the vehicle has already been enhanced to offer intense capabilities. They are particularly good for those drivers who are in areas with unpredictable weather. If you only expect a light snowfall now and then, the chains - which can be easily stored in a vehicle until it's time to use them - could be a wise investment. 

    When purchasing tire chains, drivers should be sure they are buying gear that matches the size of their tires. You shouldn't have to let air out of the tires to get the chains to fit, and while this may lead to more time spent shopping around for the right set, the work pays off in the long run. You also need to make sure you are purchasing gear that is classified as SAE Class "S." These will work with the minimum clearance between tires and the vehicle frame, as well as with other parts of the automobile, ensuring you don't cause any damage. 

    Chains should be installed on the drive wheels of a vehicle. The sets mostly come in pairs, so anyone driving a four-wheel-drive machine will need to buy two to get the right coverage. Drivers should also keep in mind that these chains are designed for used specifically in snow - so there will likely be instances when they'll need to be removed before driving on pavement. However, if you have an off-road vehicle that is only used out in the wilderness, chains may be a good choice. 

    Other options
    Snow chains may be one of the more popular options for drivers looking to make some truck mods before winter, but they are certainly not the only choice. Some drivers might be drawn instead to snow tires, which provide increased elasticity for a better grip on the roads, while others may shelve off-roading entirely until better weather comes around.

    There are a few smaller details that can help you deal with winter driving. Mud flaps are designed to keep rocks, grit and road salt away from your car's paint job, while floor and cargo mats for the interior prevent mud and dirt from soaking into the carpet. Another good option is auxiliary lighting. Whether you want to incorporate top-of-the-line LED headlights or an extra light bar, adding tools that offer improved visibility could make it easier to drive in rough conditions. 

    Weighing the pros and cons of modifications
    Of course, tire chains may not be the best choice for everyone. Whether you want to make the move to this gear or a similar modification, it will come down to several different factors, and you will likely be forced to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ultimately, your decision will hinge on your budget and competency, as well as the type of driving you expect to do during the colder months. If you're big into off-road driving and don't want low temperatures to slow you down, making these alterations may be worthwhile. For others, keeping up with regular maintenance and investing in smaller updates could be a better use of resources. 

  • Winter tires may make a big difference

    Winter is right around the corner, and the prospect of dealing with inclement weather and plunging temperatures has many drivers considering the best ways to prepare their vehicles. One of the top choices for this is installing winter tires, which can offer better safety and performance on different types of terrain. 

    Although most drivers stick with all-season tires, there are several options for those vehicle owners who want to go above and beyond for their automobiles. 

    The benefits of snow tires
    Drivers who don't want bad weather to stop their recreational driving should seriously consider installing snow tires on their vehicle. These tires are designed to retain their elasticity even as temperatures drop, which enables them to keep a better, stronger grip on the roads and terrain.  Their flexibility leads to better traction and safer operations in all types of conditions. 

    "Winter tires provide increased traction, braking and handling in wintry conditions, all of which are important for safe driving during the winter season," said Philip Dobbs, the chief marketing officer for Bridgestone Americas. "Think about it this way - a snowplow can't clear the cold. If it's cold enough to see your breath, you should consider changing to winter tires." 

    For fans of off-roading, snow tires can provide peace of mind. Safety is always of paramount importance, and the advantages offered by snow tires can make a big difference in how you handle the elements. 

    What you need to know
    Using winter tires can be a big boon for you and your vehicle, but you have to know how to use them properly. Bridgestone Americas recommended installing these tires when the temperatures begin to drop. Overnight frosts can contribute to slick roads, as can wet leaves accumulating throughout nature trails, so you may need to have wheels with a better grip in these situations. That is especially true if your rock crawling and traction become more important. 

    Installing a lift kit on a truck or SUV could impact the size of the tires needed to fit on your automobile. If you've raised the ground clearance on your off-road vehicle, you will want to research how that affects the size snow tires you need or if there are specific brands and styles that work best. 

    You may be familiar with installing traditional tires to an automobile, but snow tires may have certain quirks that you need to accommodate. Be sure to read the instructions and check the owner's manual to see if there are restrictions you must adhere to. 

  • Cruisin' the Coast delights participants and truck enthusiasts

    A love of off-roading or pickup trucks had to start somewhere, and for many drivers it's a passion that is rooted in their childhood memories. Whether your first car was a restored pickup or you learned how to tinker with automobiles thanks to a truck that needed some work, there's a good chance you have some sort of history with these classic vehicles. Because many of these automobiles have since left the roads, there are only a few opportunities to get a look at the models, but some of the shows and festivals that feature these old school trucks are definitely worthy of a visit. 

    Set along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Cruisin' the Coast has quickly transformed itself into a can't-miss event for auto lovers. The most recent edition, held in early October 2013, was certainly one for the record books - and it may even convince truck fans to plan a trip in the future. 

    A valued tradition
    Throughout its 17-year history, Cruisin' the Coast has become one of the most popular events for classic car lovers and truck enthusiasts in the U.S. When it began, the celebration featured about 300 vintage automobile, but that number swelled to nearly 7,100 classic pickups and hot rods in 2013. The vehicles cover a 30-mile routes that snakes through Mississippi, allowing thousands of spectators a chance to check out the cars and even get a feel for how some of them drive. 

    "Part of the attraction is we are a driving event so they get to drive their cars," registration director Lisa Burnett told The Sun Herald. "It's all along the beachfront and we get to see some beautiful scenery. One thing that keeps popping up is the friendliness of the people and the Southern hospitality they encounter here at the venues, restaurants and hotels."  

    Classic trucks steal the show
    Whether you're looking for a chance to get ideas for renovating your own truck or just want to see what types of truck mods are being done on these vintage vehicles, this event could be the perfect destination. According to PickupTrucks.com, the majority of the trucks date back to the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, with many of the models boasting special customizations and personal touches that make them unique. 

    Truck lovers who attended the most recent running of Cruisin' the Coast were in for a treat. Of the 7,100 vehicles that made up the 2013 event, many were revamped trucks. That provided a trip down memory lane for many visitors. 

    "I had one gentleman tell me it's like eight days of being 18 again," Burnett told The Sun Herald. 

    Car auctions, races, social gatherings and swap meets fill the rest of the days, providing plenty of options for auto lovers to get their fill of vintage rides. 

    The next event
    It's not too early to register for the 2014 edition of Cruisin' the Coast. Next year's event, which will be held Oct. 5 to 12, has already opened Early Bird Registration, allowing interested parties to sign up and reserve space for themselves and their cars in this stellar festival. 

    One thing is for sure: Newcomers will have to compete for space with returning drivers, many of whom find Cruisin' the Coast to be among the most enjoyable auto show experiences. 

    "This is our fifth year coming here," Dan Heard, a festival participant and classic truck owner, told PickupTrucks.com. "The friendliness at the venues, restaurants and hotels is great. Everyone we've encountered are just so nice and really makes us feel welcome here."

  • Use your nose to find potential auto issues

    Normally, drivers let regular tune ups or hiccups in performance alert them as to problems going on with a vehicle. However, these are not the only resources car owners have when it comes to completing vehicle maintenance. In fact, one of the most effective tools may be right in front of them - the nose. Odd smells can let you know when things with an automobile are not functioning as they are meant to, and discerning the problem based on a particular scent may save you time, money and aggravation in the long run.

    "Unusual smells can be a sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "... When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead, bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor."

    Here are a few of the odors that may signal an issue with your off-road vehicle:

    Gasoline
    Smelling gasoline may be common for many, but it could be a sign of issues under the hood. If you start getting whiffs of fuel at odd moments - as in when you're not filling up the tank - you should examine the gas tank and fuel injector line. Any leaks in these areas could be both costly and dangerous, and it is essential to check it out before you end up in harm's way. Gas leaks are a fire hazard so be sure to find a safe space to place the vehicle, and keep open flames or sparks away from the automobile. 

    Rotten eggs
    The stench of rotten eggs is not limited to a kitchen. Drivers who sniff this odor may want to check in on their engine. It is possible that the catalytic converter is not working properly, which in turn means the motor is not functioning as it should. Another possibility is that there is a separate issue with the engine that in turn caused the converter to malfunction, resulting in a complete motor failure. None of these scenarios are things drivers want to deal with, so as soon as they begin smelling rotten eggs, they should get the engine checked.  

    Burning rubber
    Some may view burning rubber as a sign of gaining speed on pavement, but those who are driving on or off roads should be on high alert if they get a whiff of this odor. It could indicate that drive belts or hoses located under the hood have become dislodged and are not operating as they should. If friction occurs where it's not supposed to due to a movement of these belts, there may be unwanted heat, so be sure to allow time for the systems to cool down and practice safety when examining them. 

    Syrup
    A syrup-like odor may be a sign of a leak somewhere in the engine. This sweet stench could mean that coolant is seeping out from a place it shouldn't be, which is a threat to your personal safety and the life of your engine. If the cooling system is not working properly, your car is at risk of overheating - but don't get too eager when attempting to take a look at the happenings under the hood. Opening a radiator cap when it's hot could release steam and intense heat in a dangerous fashion. It's best to let all systems cool and then assess the situation. 

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