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Old 07-26-2015, 10:27 PM   #1
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Can a bad wheel bearing smell burnt?

So I had a sticky caliper a while back and replaced it with a remanufactured one. It fixed the issue but I still have a slight burnt smell coming from the same wheel. It's definitely coming from the one wheel, nothing else. This was after a short spirited drive, but I don't think it could be my tires...Only thing I can think of is possibly a wheel bearing? I'll have to check to see if the rotor is overheating or anything like that.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:18 PM   #4
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So I had a sticky caliper a while back and replaced it with a remanufactured one. It fixed the issue but I still have a slight burnt smell coming from the same wheel. It's definitely coming from the one wheel, nothing else. This was after a short spirited drive, but I don't think it could be my tires...Only thing I can think of is possibly a wheel bearing? I'll have to check to see if the rotor is overheating or anything like that.
On the rear wheel it would be near impossible to miss a bad bearing. It howls and resonates through the cabin.

What does it smell like? Metallic? Or like a slipping clutch?
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