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Burning smell coming from RR wheel

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Back in 2012 when I purchased my CRV I asked this forum if any one had a burning rubber smell that comes from the right rear wheel when parked.
lt happens each time I park my when returning home.A person that seemed to answer a number of issues felt I had picked up a plastic bag.
If he still knows all the answers.Wonder he could come up with why it is still makes the same smell after all these years.Anyone else have an idea?
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Had a rear brake caliper seize-up due to corrosion from road salt in northern climates. It smelled awful....much like a burning clutch and/or rubber. Replaced the calipers along with new pads...problem solved.
 

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Usually, a burning smell at the wheel indicates a sticky brake. Some of the OEM calipers can get sticky on occasion. Change out the brake fluid regularly and have the brakes checked at least every year.
 

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I have sensed that on my 2013, I had attributed to the fact I never changed the snow tires after the wife was no longer able to drive and it wasn't my vehicle of choice. I use it in town only as I have had four Honda's and this one is the worst for road noise ever. Drove this one from WA to SO CAL once, never again, It does smell like hot rubber every time I pull into the garage, guess I should check it out.
 

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Usually, a burning smell at the wheel indicates a sticky brake. Some of the OEM calipers can get sticky on occasion. Change out the brake fluid regularly and have the brakes checked at least every year.
My LR did that. Paid way to much to have it fixed, only for the replacement to do it again under warranty. It did it again about 14 months later, but by this time I had watched a lot of south main auto and changed it myself. Been great ever since.
 

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With sticking caliper, wheel rim will generally be hot to the touch. If it's cool after drive (and not heavy braking coming home), then not likely caliper dragging pads. Problem often comes from piston sticking out well as brakes wear down. New pad install and the piston is shoved into cylinder. If a vehicle is prone to that, either pop out piston and clean with steel wool, replace rubber parts, or replace wheel cylinder when complete brake job done.
 
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