Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Urgent Car Pulling

asked by on

I would greatly appreciate any advise as i have no money to spend on a mechanic. Basically a while back about a month ago my van started to smell like burnt rubber when driving one day i got back from a drive and there was smoke coming out of the tire. i took of the tire and caliper but couldnt see anyt burnt rubber aside from a small piece broken from the caliper piston. Now it hasnt smoked up since put i feel the car pulls while accelerating and driving. Is it a posibility that it is the Vans breaks? or does the vans brakes not have anything to do with the pulling. My biggest concern is that the cars Brakes will lock up on me when while driving. Thank you.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The cause of the smoke seems to of went awa...

The cause of the smoke seems to of went away a month ago. You may have got a stuck caliper that caused the smoke back then. If you think the pulling is due to the brakes then you should have the brake calipers checked for binding in the caliper slides or the pistons binding.

The pull you’re feeling can be due to tires that are different brands, models, sizes. Low pressure on a tire can also cause pulls. Most of the time a brake problem will pull when you brake and not all the time, unless a caliper is stuck.

If you’d like to get this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can diagnose your brake system and the smell you’ve experienced in order to pinpoint what’s at fault. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Sound issues and gas smell from car.

An exhaust leak could definitely cause a noise during startup and a smell complaint from passengers. Ask for help from a mechanic to check the integrity of your exhaust system and check for any leaks.

Q: Car turns over but wont start. 1999 Pontiac Grand Am

Hey there. You'll need to have the fuel pressure tested also. If okay, then you need to see if your injectors are opening to supply fuel. If you have compression, fuel, and spark, then the engine should run. I recommend...

Q: Pulled codes, says engine running lean.

The O2 sensors lean codes in most cases are P0171 and P0173. These codes are letting you know that the computer has tried to add fuel to the engine due to the O2 sensors see a lean fuel to air...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...