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Old 03-10-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Weird smell form first right wheel well and pulls right? SOMETIMES!

i have a 06 jeep wrangler. if i drive more than about 10 miles, a weird smell comes from the front right wheel well and the jeep plus right pretty hard. there is no smoke or leak of any kind. i looked under the hood and no smell. i have it narrowed down to that one wheel area. i also noticed that the brakes on that wheel and much hotter that all the rest. could i have a partly seized brake. what do you guys think? thanks

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What kind of smell, burnt pads, or hot bearing smell

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:26 AM   #3
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i think you figured it out.... that caliper is not releasing most likely.

it can usually be cleaned and rebuilt if they make rebuilt kits.
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this only happens sometimes though. i can't really describe the smell.
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Caliper is locking and not releasing. Just happened to mine, the other will go soon too. Replace them both. I got new ones for about $15 each at parts store, easy to fix. Check your disks for damage and do the pads while you're in there.
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i think you figured it out.... that caliper is not releasing most likely.

it can usually be cleaned and rebuilt if they make rebuilt kits.
I thought if the right caliper was frozen it would pull to the left when braking, so pulls to the opposite side? That has always been my experience.
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I thought if the right caliper was frozen it would pull to the left when braking, so pulls to the opposite side? That has always been my experience.
If the caliper was frozen and non-funtional then yes, but his is hanging up after the brakes are applied. This would cause it to pull right even after the brakes are released. That is if this is even his problem. I have cleaned the calpiper sliders and this has helped release the binding on a few vehicles I have worked on.
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i have a 06 jeep wrangler. if i drive more than about 10 miles, a weird smell comes from the front right wheel well and the jeep plus right pretty hard. there is no smoke or leak of any kind. i looked under the hood and no smell. i have it narrowed down to that one wheel area. i also noticed that the brakes on that wheel and much hotter that all the rest. could i have a partly seized brake. what do you guys think? thanks
I would jack it up and grab your tire with one hand at the 6 o'clock postion and the other at the 12 o'clock try and pushing with one hand and pull with the other. Alternate this push and pull like the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock to check tie rods. If there is play then your bearing hub may need replacing. Also spin the tire and listen for noise.
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If the caliper was frozen and non-funtional then yes, but his is hanging up after the brakes are applied. This would cause it to pull right even after the brakes are released. That is if this is even his problem. I have cleaned the calpiper sliders and this has helped release the binding on a few vehicles I have worked on.
Ahh, makes perfect sense. Thanks.
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i just got it checked out. the caliper is partly seized. i will have to replace both calipers, rotors and pads. said it was because of debris or just faliure, i blame the mud, haha
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I had the same thing happen to my heap. The OEM brake caliper pistons have a PLASTIC sleve in them around the piston that will melt and faill at some point. Leave it to Jeep to cut corners on a piece of equipment that if it fails, could end your life.
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It is also very common for the brake line to collapse. When you apply the brake, fluid is forced through the collapsed line, and when you release the brake, there is no pressure to force the fluid back through the line leaving the brake caliper dragging until the fluid seeps back out of the line. This happened to my font left brake line. The more I used my brake the hotter they got. In stop and go traffic or sudden stops, it would smell bad and pull even after I released the brake. Changed the line and fixed it. Just glad I troubleshot it before replacing the caliper like everyone said. Could have been the caliper, but in my case it wasn't.
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It is also very common for the brake line to collapse. When you apply the brake, fluid is forced through the collapsed line, and when you release the brake, there is no pressure to force the fluid back through the line leaving the brake caliper dragging until the fluid seeps back out of the line. This happened to my font left brake line. The more I used my brake the hotter they got. In stop and go traffic or sudden stops, it would smell bad and pull even after I released the brake. Changed the line and fixed it. Just glad I troubleshot it before replacing the caliper like everyone said. Could have been the caliper, but in my case it wasn't.

Same thing happened to me recently.
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lubed up all the old brake parts and filed down the corners of the pads where the come in contact with where they rub on the assembly and the assembly, not the calipers, and will try that first. my autoshop teacher, who is a master technician, said that is all that needed to be done. brake lines were tested and they are good. i will see if the brakes still drag.
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I haven't messed with the TJ's front brakes yet, but its just a piston (not even sure how many the jeep has per side) that as you apply brakes, the brake fluid pushes it against the pad. release the brakes and it recesses just a fraction. If the piston has dirt or grit in behind it, it won't pull back that little bit. usually there is a dust boot to protect that area from contamination but older, worn, or cracked and it can happen.

I'd lube up those caliper sliders (two bolts with dust boots on them that hold the caliper on) like it was said earlier, and check the piston boots also.
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Lubrication didn't work had all moving parts lubed and still sticking replaced the front calipers and pads and all good just make sure that when u take it off road wash ur brakes out good

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