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Old 06-26-2021, 07:38 AM   #1
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1998 Adventurer left rear brake drum smells like its burning

I think the brake drum is dragging and getting hot, that's what it smells like. It has the hydraulic parking brake and I am not sure it is working properly. Is this a dangerous situation for driving? How to check and fix? Any help would be appreciated...I am a newby and have a trip planned in 2 weeks!
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It could start a fire! Check it with a non-contact thermometer. I'm not new at this but I wouldn't try to fix it; I'd take it to the shop.
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You didn't say what chassis your Adventurer is on, but either way you need to have your brakes checked. If you just bought the RV then you need to pull the wheels and check the brakes or have that done. You should also replace the brake fluid as it may well have absorbed moisture in it, which happens naturally over time. A dragging brake will cause major damage if not repaired and the cost of repair will get worse as long as it drags.
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Old 06-26-2021, 09:18 AM   #4
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I think the brake drum is dragging and getting hot, that's what it smells like. It has the hydraulic parking brake and I am not sure it is working properly. Is this a dangerous situation for driving? How to check and fix? Any help would be appreciated...I am a newby and have a trip planned in 2 weeks!
Assuming you have a GM P32 chassis, the answer to your question as asked is "no", but IF the J71 AAPB isn't working (as you suspect) then it IS a dangerous situation for PARKING. There is no park pawl in the tranny, as in most cars. Therefore, IF the AAPB isn't working correctly, the coach can roll away when you stop on a slope.

It is possible that what you are smelling is the brake shoe inside the drum brake mounted on the DS, immediately behind the tranny. IF they wear down far enough from driving while applied, you will need to stop the coach and hold the foot brakes while someone else puts chocks in front of and behind at least one tire.
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Okie, dokie... first, don't drive any farther, you can turn your rig into a fireball. Your brakes are dragging, worn, or glazed. In any case the best bet is to check them out. This will require tire removal, and then you'll have to pull the caliper. You got a 1998, so dimes to dollars you got pads and calipers.

Do not SKIMP, do not try and SAVE money. Buy quality replacement pads, I still prefer high performance asbestos over ceramic... that comment alone will probably start a whole new thread.

Either turn or replace the brake disc, do not just put new pads on jacked-up discs. Your problem may be the caliper, they are pretty cheap and easy to replace. Just remember, ALWAYS replace brakes in pairs, whatever you do to one side of your vehicle, do to the other.

It isn't a hard DIY project from a technological standpoint, but it is labor-intensive and nasty beyond belief. Wear clothes you can throw away. FYI... the last time I did this I also took the time to flush out the brake system. I am an 'all-at-once' kinda guy... the fluid that came out of those lines looked like burned motor oil.

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You've gotten several replies here but it doesn't entirely answer your problem unless we know for sure what chassis you have, whether you have disc or drum brakes. This is all a guessing game without more info. Please post what you have so you can get definite answers.
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Is it the drive shaft parking brake or main brakes.
If wheel brake issue most wheel caliper dragging I have run across is pins that allow caliper to float are stuck.
Certain Bosch brake calipers were recalled for polyphonic pistons swelling up . More Info can quickly be found online.
Did you check wheel brakes/rims for being very hot.
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He says it has Hyd. E brake so that would make it a GM, with the switch problem. Can't recall the guys name but he was an expert on this problem and posted a lot of info on how to fix it. Do a little research and you should be able to find your answer. Maybe some else can remember his name.
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Back again the poster I was talking about was "Oldusedbear" go down on this site to the "The Chassis Club Forum" then "Work Horse & Chev. Chassis" They are talking about this problem now and have Oldusedbears site listed. You should be able to answer any questions here.
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