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  • Brake smell

    What would cause brake smell, right rear wheel, after 13 miles of normal driving and no hard braking??

    Could my emergency brake be stuck? (I did release it, but perhaps its not full disengaged?)

    Steve
    TY 0482 1992 White/Argent 43k
    SY 1548 Sold '07
    TY 1237 Sold '12
    SY 1700 sold '14
    RIP JACK 1948-2015

  • #2
    Re: Brake smell

    Possibly. Lift it, and try to spin the wheel (no parking brake, in neutral). Should feel and hear if something is dragging. Sounds like it is though.
    -Austin Mears

    2017 WRX Premium M6
    Former owner:
    '91 Syclone #1616
    '92 Typhoon #0014
    '06 TBSS/3SS

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    • #3
      Re: Brake smell

      And if so, what's the fix?
      Steve
      TY 0482 1992 White/Argent 43k
      SY 1548 Sold '07
      TY 1237 Sold '12
      SY 1700 sold '14
      RIP JACK 1948-2015

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      • #4
        Re: Brake smell

        A bad wheel cylinder could engage the shoes under non-braking situations. The wheel cylinder has to retract just like a caliper piston. If not, it'll engage the shoes.
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        • #5
          Re: Brake smell

          Originally posted by sytyguy View Post
          A bad wheel cylinder could engage the shoes under non-braking situations. The wheel cylinder has to retract just like a caliper piston. If not, it'll engage the shoes.
          Super. I'll add it to the list of repairs. <truck>
          Steve
          TY 0482 1992 White/Argent 43k
          SY 1548 Sold '07
          TY 1237 Sold '12
          SY 1700 sold '14
          RIP JACK 1948-2015

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          • #6
            Re: Brake smell

            Is it a fluid smell, or like over heated brakes?
            -Austin Mears

            2017 WRX Premium M6
            Former owner:
            '91 Syclone #1616
            '92 Typhoon #0014
            '06 TBSS/3SS

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            • #7
              Re: Brake smell

              Originally posted by AUSyTyIN View Post
              Is it a fluid smell, or like over heated brakes?
              Like an 18-wheeler braking downhill. But then, I'm not sure what the fluid smells like. I'll get under it sometime this weekend.

              I did set the emergency brake last week which I rarely do, which is why I thought it might be binding now.
              Steve
              TY 0482 1992 White/Argent 43k
              SY 1548 Sold '07
              TY 1237 Sold '12
              SY 1700 sold '14
              RIP JACK 1948-2015

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              • #8
                Re: Brake smell

                Like Austin said, jack up the rear wheel and see if it spins, E-brake cable could be frozen and wont release. If it does then pull the wheel for further inspection.
                93 Typhoon, Blk/Blk
                TY#1455, Stock motor, 20G turbo, 2800 Waller converter, Turbotweek chip, full 3" exhaust, AFPR, RPM front mount IC, 13" front disc brakes, 12" rear disc brakes, Walbro 255 FP, RPM 52mm TB, Astro van fan mod, fat tires.

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                • #9
                  Re: Brake smell

                  Originally posted by Baythan View Post

                  I did set the emergency brake last week which I rarely do, which is why I thought it might be binding now.
                  i say stuck cable , 23 year old truck. if you dont use it everyday i wouldnt even think of touching the parking brake for this reason. grab the cable by the wheel and twist it around alittle, that can usually free it up.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Brake smell

                    FWIW, change the hardware kit, if the springs become weak, they can contribute to the cylinder not retracting

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