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My rear passenger brakes smell like burning rubber when i drive what could it be it white smoke

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It sounds to me like your brake on that wheel is sticking. Either the e brake isn't releasing properly or there is something else broken ion there. You need to have this looked at right away before your truck catches fire. Brakes getting too hot will do that. If you are not knowledgeable about brake systems take it to a shop.

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SOURCE: rear brakes keep locking on 1997 olds cutlass

you need to check too see if its a brake hose or frozen parking brake cable or frozen wheel cylinder,youll need to remove the wheels and take a look at the brakes. i'm not5 sure if you have disc or drum brakes in the rear. if you have disc then you may have frozen calipers,jack up the rear and try to spin the wheels, this you show you if it both rear wheels or just one side, then open the bleeder screw and if the wheel frees up then its a hose if it does not then its mechainical. maybe something fell apart off the hardware and jamed the shoe or if disc maybe a caliper.

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SOURCE: white smoke coming from back of engine it is not water or oil problem

It sounds very much like you have a head gasket blown, or a cracked cylinder. You say it isn't water, yet you have to keep topping up the radiator. So basically, it IS water.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012

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