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Old 11-01-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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I had this problem before for a short while after it was worked on, but was real bad today. It'* like the car will hardly roll even down a hill, & I smell something like burning rubber coming from under the hood (from stage left it seems).

No noise though. Just a real resistance to the car'* roll when I let off the gas pedal, followed by the burning smell. The problem comes & goes.

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Stuck brake caliper, your brakes are stuck on.
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Check to see if one of your wheels is getting hotter than the others. Be careful you don't burn yourself when you check.
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Thanks again for the quick responses! I'll check it out. Funny though that wouldn't make some noise.
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Do your brakes make noise when you use them? Same thing when it'* stuck. If it'* making noise, then you have a lot of damage to that brake.
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Do your brakes make noise when you use them? Same thing when it'* stuck. If it'* making noise, then you have a lot of damage to that brake.
No noise that I've noticed for either way, so that sounds like good news.

I took it out a couple times today & it didn't happen, though after a stop I did get a whiff of that same burning-rubber-like smell from the right front wheel. I can see the rotor & the caliper right through the cross-lace wheel. Wheel wasn't hot but the caliper was kind of making a tapping noise, probably from cooling.

Any quick fix, like spraying it with something through the cross-lace wheel?
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No quick fix. You will need to remove the caliper and rebuild it or replace it.
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Unless it'* the rubber in the brake line causing a check valve like function. Might explain the intermittent symptoms.
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Thanks much again, guys! I'll take it to a pro for service.

Funny, that'* the wheel that Chevy dealer mech had to remove to change my belts; & that was about the time I 1st noticed the problem, along with others. It went away for awhile though - pretty intermittent but when it happens I can definitely tell from the heavy drag & smell that follows.
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