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I have a burning smell coming from my sentra, possibly a burning rubber or brake smell, I just replaced front brakes, maybe I did it incorrectly??

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It is possible that a brake caliper is sticking, causing it not to retract. check it out! you can do it!!!~ good-luck.

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