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burning smell from 2003 voyager - help!!!

Old 01-09-2012, 01:50 AM
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Question burning smell from 2003 voyager - help!!!

Hi there, I hope someone can help as I feel I have tried everything! I have a 2003 Voyager 2.5 crd. I have a burning smell coming from the passenger side back wheel - sometimes there is white smoke too!

I have so far replaced the brake caliper, replaced the hoses and loosened off the handbrake shoes but it is still hapening.

My mechanic thinks we now need to replace the ABS control unit but as this is a very expensive part I was wondering if anyone else had had this problem or any other suggestions as to what it could be!

Thanks in advance.
Old 01-09-2012, 11:45 AM
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rear wheel providing its not an awd u have,is basicly a free wheeling wheel

only thing that should generate burning smell is the brakes.

any grease contamination on the discs pads?

raise the wheel with handbrake of and see if it free wheels,no binding.

possible disc is warped to,if it has got extremely hot.

i changed my rear brakes on my voyager,i had to push the pistons right out,peel the seal back and gently scuff the piston with some 240 paper,put the seal back on then push piston home,without the scuff on the piston it was not releasing when fully pushed back,but the scuff both sides fixed the problem.

if vehicle is stationary ,and smelling of burning,smoke without use of brakes,then u have broken wire issue and shouldnt be to hard to find,wait till it slightly darkish and see if u can see it arking,sparking.

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Old 01-09-2012, 02:12 PM
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you sure its brakes burning and not the heater diesel fumes , this kicks in when the heater is set to the hottest setting on the dash and does stink sometimes.......just athought
Old 01-09-2012, 04:17 PM
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yeah,thats also a good thought,forgot thats down there. check the little exhaust pipe coming from it
Old 01-11-2012, 02:01 AM
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thanks for the replies. if it was the diesel heater fumes would there be smoke? sorry if i am being dence just not mechanical at all! and to top it all off the abs light came on last night too!!!

thanks again, d
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