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2004 Silverado brake question

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I have a 2004 Silverado with only 34,000 miles on it. Bought it new and it use it for hunitng/fishing only. I recently drove it and discovered a burnt rubber smell coming out of the front drivers side tire/hub. I was washing the truck and also saw steam coming off the hub. Any ideas why this would happen? I did not find any signs of brake fluid in the engine compartment or tire area? Rusted hub/brake lining? Any ideas. Thank you

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Brakes get hot like that and can steam when washing, but the burnt rubber smell?? Take the tire/rim off and inspect further to see if anything looks out of the ordinary

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Two things to check are the area on the caliper bracket under the shims that the pads make contact with have rusted up to the point that the pads no longer slide freely. This is a very common problem on many makes and models. The GMC I worked on last night I litterly had to use a hammer to remove the pads from the brackets.

Anyways if the pads don't move freely than its time to clean up the areas under the shims. I have a bench top sand blaster that makes this quick and easy but a little patience and a wire brush/sandpaper will do the job as well.

The other possibility is that a caliper slide has frozen. You'll be able to tell once the caliper is removed if there moving freely or not.

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