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Old 11-06-2008, 07:52 AM
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Exclamation Burning Smell from rear wheel area

Over the past couple of days whenever I get to my destination, so far travel time does not matter, I get out of the car and a horrible "burning" smell is in the air. I didn't put much thought into it the first time, however it has just happened again and I am getting worried.

The smell is most prevalent at the rear wheels, mostly above the tires if you stick your nose in a bit.

Any ideas as to what this is? I thought it was only happening to one side (drivers rear) however this time both rear wheels are doing it now.

The only thing I have changed doing over the past week is I used some of the spray on tire shine from Meguires (touch ups if I dont have time to use Endurance)

My thought the first time was it was overspray that hit the rotors and was burning off, but now that this has been reoccuring that is pretty much in the trash now as to a cause.

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:54 AM
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What type burning smell? Natural or man made(plastic/hair)

Oil? Sweet(coolant)? Rubber? Rotten Egg?

Leave your parking brake on lately?
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:58 AM
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Are your brakes HOT??

Is the smell the exact same on either side?
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Touch the wheels when you smell it (carefully). Are they REALLY hot?

Could be one or both calipers hanging (wouldn't have thought it would happen on these cars).

Does it smell like that odor you get when following semi trucks down long hills? (HOT brakes).
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:30 AM
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have to try touching the actual wheels later, i got my nose pretty close into the wheels and didnt feel any heat but i might have just been concentrating too hard on the smell to notice.

never been behind a semi going down a hill for that long so cant relate to that one....

the smell did dissipate after about 8 minutes or so....

I always check the parking brake so that cant be it unless it is messed up and holding the brakes down some?

guess its time to take it to the dealership and see what they can figure out

the smell is hard to describe though, at first i thought it was the electronics in the trunk(amp, capacitor) but that wasnt it....
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Old 11-06-2008, 09:31 AM
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Maybe you ran over a plastic bag and it stuck to the exhaust?
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My first instinct is that maybe your brakes are stuck. Do you notice any degradation in acceleration?
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:14 PM
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My first instinct is that maybe your brakes are stuck. Do you notice any degradation in acceleration?
Its possible your slider pins are stuck... IF your car were older. Maybe your parking drum is dragging?

My vote goes to plastic bag/debris on the exhaust.

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Old 11-06-2008, 12:16 PM
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You should be able to tell where's it's coming from. If parking brake is stuck, which in this car is your rear brakes, wheels would be pretty hot, and same with the rotors. If wheels are pretty hot, don't touch the rotors. Hot wheels in fall/winter are a dead giveaway. By the way, bleed your brakes after you find the problem. If this is the case, just get under the rear wheels and spray silicone lube on the pivot levers of the parking brake pawls and clean around.

The next possible cause is a plastic bag in your exhaust. Easy to check as well. And a pain to remove, but it only takes time.

And finally, when I put a 'tune' on my GTO, it was bad, and it was this awful burning smell that couldn't tell where it was coming from. Since it was right after the tune, I put it back to stock and never messed with that again. If you did any mods recently, look into that. Even the POS CAIs that people love to install lead to damaged MAF sensors, which could cause a lean condition, with the posted results. If that's the case, just put the car back to stock form and don't mess with it again.

Good luck man. Keep us posted.
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"parking drum..." you're not talking about the disc brakes the 8th gen accords have in the rear are you?
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"parking drum..." you're not talking about the disc brakes the 8th gen accords have in the rear are you?
Yes, there are "disc" type brakes in the rear. However, the parking brake is a separate mechanism on the back of the rotor. It is actually a small "drum" type brake.

**Edit** I am not 100% positive on this... I have yet to work on my '08's brakes. I apologize if I am wrong.
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The emergencey drum brakes are notorious for dragging. The rotors are shaped like a top hat.
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the parking brake is a separate mechanism on the back of the rotor. It is actually a small "drum" type brake.
NOPE. Same brakes as your brake pedal. POS system IMO, but that's the cheapest parking brake alternative.

A lever activates the same piston your brake pedal activates. I don't see them getting stuck in a new car, but I have no idea how many miles and what kind of driving conditions the OP subjects his car to. Very easy to clean and lube. Just get under your car behind rear wheel and you can see and reach perfectly; no need to raise the car. Later.
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Check your muffler/exhaust system....When I 1st got my car (ordered it) & got it home I noticed a strong burning smell. Didn't smell like brakes but something metallic burning. Found out that it was the new exhaust system breaking in. Burning smell lasted several weeks. If that's the case you should see small whiffs of smoke coming out long after engine is shut off.
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Is the smell coming from the rear passenger tire? If so, it is coming from the muffler area. My car has a burning smell once in a while coming from this area and so does my wife's CRV.

I assume it is normal and saw somewhere on a different site about hondas that it has something to do with the muffler and oil from the road burning off on it...
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