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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012 Thread Starter
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Burning plastic smell from rear wheels.

Hey guys so I've noticed over the past few days when I drive the car get home and park it the rear wheel on the driver side smells like burning plastic...

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012
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Wheel well plastic guards may be rubbing and or overheating and melting/warping.
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I don't believe there are any wheel well plastic guards in the rear. It could be that the tire is rubbing, leaking brake fluid, or shock fluid.


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Pull the rear wheel and look.

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Did you get under the car and look? Maybe a plastic bag or something caught on the exhaust?

I can't imagine why the wheel would make a burning plastic smell; the usual culprits like stuck parking brake would smell like burnt brake/clutch, not plastic.

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On my 2005 GT the rear parking brake cable on the driver's side was routed too close to the exhaust. It burned the plastic sheath around the cable and fused it to the outer black covering. The driver's side parking brake mechanism did not operate at all at the rear wheel because the cable could not move inside the outer covering.

My left rear parking brake cable finally broke from the strain of my yanking up on the parking brake to try to get it to hold when the car was parked. The replacement cable was about $60 from the Ford dealer, and it was fairly easy to replace.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-27-2012 Thread Starter
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Found a piece of plastic wrapped around my H-pipe, Idk how the hell it got there but i tried to get the big chunks off, but there are still little melted bits in there i cant scrape off... but the smell has been going away with the plastic burning off.

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aha! do I get a prize? :p

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