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Tonight my car brakes locked up and it smells strongly of burnt rubber,right before this smell the engine was hesitant when I was trying to push the gas to go, it didn't really go anywhere. Any id

My 1994 dodge shadow was running OK, but a belt squealed once in a while.

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Your hose going to your brake booster came off or has a hole in it. It is a big vacumm hose, about one inch in diameter, coming from the engine to the round black thing behind the master cylinder. This boosts the brakes using vacumm from the engine. When it leaks, the peddle is hard to mash, and the engine is sucking air and running badly.

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This should show up easily on the ECU diagnostics computer at a mercedes dealership. Basically your fuel mixture is way too rich causing your car to be heavy on gas, have a raw gasoline smell, and not run right. Something like this can be caused by a defective oxygen sensor (but that usually produces a check engine light) or it might even be a defective ECU. There is really not way of knowing for sure until you do a proper diagnostics where they hook up your exhaust at the same time and do an emmission test. In most cases it's some sensor that needs replacing.

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Sounds like you may need to inspect and replace your fuel line from front to rear. no other reason for your problem.

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Check the fuel cap gasket to be sure it is not torn or worn. After that check the vent hoses that run from the fuel tank to the charcole canister located somonwhere under the hood. Is the smell stronger under the hood or toward the rear of the car? If you cannot find the problem, a fuel leak is dangerous and should be attended to ASAp by somone that has the experience to repair the problem
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I had same problem a month ago. I had the o-rings replaced on the fuel injectors... problem solved.

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SOURCE: car running rough, shaking a little under the hood, smell of gas, when i push the gas petal it don't want to move then it slowing do

check the mass air flow sensor in the air breather,it may have fuzz from the air filter on it

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