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Old 02-05-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Clutch smell? Brake smell?

So, lately I have noticed a smell when I get out of my truck after driving. To me, it smells like a clutch burning so I looked everywhere on the forum and the Taco is not acting like others describe. (no slipping, at all.) Mechanically, the truck still runs like the first day I got her, like a spotted ape. I read one post about the breaks being the culprit. I guess my question is, how do I tell if it's the clutch or the brakes? Any insight would be great and thanks in advance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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Does your steering wheel pull one direction or the other when braking?

It could be a frozen piston on your brake caliper. My 1997 Tacoma had a piston freeze one time and during braking the steering wheel would pull distinctly one direction.
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If your driving it hard this is normal. I'm not very nice to my clutch...
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My truck has the same smell. It would make sense if it were brakes I guess because when I am just going down the road my truck goes straight. When i brake my truck turns left, I mean you have to be ready for it. So I will be interested to see what you come up with
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if your truck pulls left when you brake, then there is a problem. most likely a sticking or stuck piston in your left caliper. it will cause premature wear on pads and rotors if you don't fix it.
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if your truck pulls left when you brake, then there is a problem. most likely a sticking or stuck piston in your left caliper. it will cause premature wear on pads and rotors if you don't fix it.
My experience has been one of two scenarios:

1) A piston is froze in an extended state which means the steering wheel will constantly pull that direction.

or

2) A piston is froze in a retracted position, and when braking the wheel will pull away from the caliper with said frozen piston.
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same smells and problem on my truck, sub'd for answers!
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