I noticed a burning smell coming from my front driver side wheel. It almost smelt like burning rubber. What could this be?

Asked by Jan 12, 2014 at 03:51 PM about the 2007 Saturn VUE Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After driving a short distance (4-5 miles) I noticed when pulling into my garage that there
was a burning smell coming from my front driver side wheel. The rim and area around the
tire was extremely warm.

3 Answers


Inspect brakes. Also inspect front wheel bearings. You should be able to identify which one of these items is the issue.

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Your left front caliper has stuck.You will need a caliper and brake pads. I advise replacing the other front caliper too.When one sticks usually the other side will start doing it too.

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i also have same problem but i have changed my brake pad, caliper and rotors but still rubber burning smell coming our with white smoke and i couldn't find where its coming from but between top curve of front wheel its coming and now i have car shaking - vibrating when i stop at signals and engine light just shows ON. when i put car in neutral its not shaking but when i put it on D start vibrating specially when i stop on signals while driving no vibrations..

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