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Old 02-07-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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why is there a strong burning brake odor when going uphill

Hi, we are newbies and thought we had done our towing research, but notice when we are towing up or down hill, there is a very strong burning break odor. We have a 2015 Sierra Max 1500, towing a 2013 Wildwood 27RLSS. Do we have our trailer break system too high? Also since we do not have a weigh station anywhere close, how do we know we are within weight limits. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Truck stop scales....find a downward hill and shift into neutral, and see if you can coast down.....let you know if brakes are set to tight....and you could temporarily disconnect elec plug to trailer and set what happens then
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Is it just on hills or call the time? Are you riding your brakes down the hill? Use your engine for downhill.Are you sure you are not smelling g your tranny burning and not your brakes?
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Thanks Bob, we will give it a try. Unfortunately no truck stops near by either. At least an hour and a half away.
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Not riding the brakes. How can we tell the difference between the brakes or trannie?
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Trans dipstick....red in color...good....brown...been hot.....could it be a slipp'n fan belt?

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Not riding the brakes. How can we tell the difference between the brakes or trannie?
By coasting....downhill....is your controller adjustable/ try back'n it off......but if that's the problem, should be a strain tow'n on level ground.....should not be any power from truck to trailer brakes till you touch the pedal...might also make sure the break-away plunger is fully seated...just push's in
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Where is the smell strongest? Do you have a separate tranny temp gauge to tell how hot your transmission is? Does your truck have a transmission cooler? The way dh describes the difference is transmission is more burning smell than brakes which get more of a burnt grease smell.
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If you can smell " brakes " you will certainly be able feel heat from the affected wheel. Just my .02....
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If you can smell " brakes " you will certainly be able feel heat from the affected wheel. Just my .02....
Agree.
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