2001 Ford Escape burning smell

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD ESCAPE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 95,000 MILES
I recently got all four tires replaced. Driving home from the garage, I noticed a burning plastic smell, and just figured it had something to do with the new tires. It's been about 2 months now, and sometimes I get that smell, and other times I don't. Of course, every time I take it to someone, I don't get the smell. I just had it back in the shop for this, and they couldn't find anything that would cause that smell, but did say my two front wheel bearings needed to be replaced, so they did that. The next few times driving it, everything seemed fine, until yesterday. It's back! And it feels like the emergency brake is on--it's fighting the accelerator. Any ideas?
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 9:27 AM

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Block front wheels. Jack up rear of vehicle one side at a time. Release park brake. Wheels should spin freely. If not check pads and shoes

PARK BRAKE SHOES
Removal & Installation
Remove the rotor. See REAR BRAKE ROTOR. Remove brake shoe retracting spring and brake shoe adjusting screw spring. See Fig. 15. Remove brake shoe adjusting screw. Remove brake shoe hold-down springs. Remove parking brake shoes. To install, reverse removal procedure. Adjust parking brake shoes. See PARKING BRAKE under ADJUSTMENTS.
Fig. 15: Identifying Parking Brake Components
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
REAR BRAKE ROTOR
Removal & Installation (Expedition & Navigator)
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Remove anchor and caliper assembly, and position aside. See DISC BRAKE CALIPERS & PADS. Remove press-on keeper nuts from hub studs (if equipped). Remove rotor.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
Removal & Installation (Explorer, Explorer Sport, Explorer Sport-Trac, E150/250, F150/250 & Mountaineer)
NOTE:On all models except E250 and F250, when removing rear brake rotor, it is not necessary to disconnect hydraulic lines.

Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Remove brake hose-to-caliper bolt. Remove and plug brake hose. Remove caliper. See DISC BRAKE CALIPERS & PADS. Remove rotor.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Install NEW copper washers when installing brake hose-to-caliper bolt. Tighten bolts and nuts. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS. Bleed brakes. See BLEEDING BRAKE SYSTEM.
Removal & Installation (E350)
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Remove caliper. See DISC BRAKE CALIPERS & PADS. Remove caliper anchor plate. Mark wheel stud and corresponding rotor hole to minimize runout when installing. See Fig. 16. Remove rotor bolts. Remove rotor.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Align rotor and hub stud marks. Install new brake pads as necessary. Tighten bolts. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS.
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