1998 Ford Explorer Burning Rubber Smell

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 58,800 MILES
The following two factors may be relative, but I'll let you be the judge. About a week and a 1/2 ago, I noticed that the parking brake light wasn't lighting each time it was engaged, although it seemed like it was properly disengaging. Last night was the 2nd time I've noticed the "burning rubber smell" after driving approximately 8 miles. At first, I smelled it while driving late at night, little to no traffic, no construction, and thought it must be road/asphalt smell. However, when I arrived home, and exited the vehicle, I smelled it rather strongly. I stopped and smelled, and it appeared to be coming from the middle of the vehicle, not from under the hood. I specifically went to the hood and smelled, but it was the normal smell. As I walked past the vehicle I smelled strong burning rubber again. Is this indicative of a brake problem? But for this, the truck has been flawless!
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 10:38 AM

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One thing is for certain. You cannot have a burning rubber smell without something being hot.
First check around your tires to be sure something isnt rubbing on them. Hot brake smell is different then hot rubber smell but some people confuse them. If you have brakes sticking on somewhere then that wheel will be warmer then the rest. Go around the vehicle and feel the tire or wheel with the back of your hand. Be careful they could be hot. Hubcaps could be a problem but if it is really hot you should still be able to feel it.
That wheel that is hot will need serviced.
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 10:47 AM

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