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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-22-2007, 02:22 PM
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Hot metal smell from rear wheel area?

Hi,

I have a 97 328i (sport, 5 spd) I have noticed a "hot metal smell" from the rear wheel area a few times. I checked and did not have the parking brake on. The smell seems stronger on the driver side...but then that is where I normally get out.

My only thought is that there might be a slight parkng brake drag????

Any ideas, experience or help?

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could be your calipers draging some, something with the halfshaft, diff. list can go one. first jack the car up and see if you can spin the wheel easily
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Old 02-23-2007, 02:36 AM
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Would that not smell like rubber?
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truee lol!
Thats what happens when u get anything above 18's
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truee lol!
Thats what happens when u get anything above 18's
Not if you roll the fenders. I know a couple of guys that have 19's on their car. Not my choice though i will stick with 17's.
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It could be a caliper rubbing, my rear wheel bearing went out and my caliper was rubbing against the rotor. which was very noticeable, but i did smell metal. but the smell was more from the bearing that went out, bc when we jacked the car up all kinds of metal shavings fell out, and the wheel fell in about 3-5 inches. so i would look at that like bimrpwr said.
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alright m8 its probally a seized caliper or wheel bearin see if u can hear any thing when u spoin the wheel
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Not if you roll the fenders. I know a couple of guys that have 19's on their car. Not my choice though i will stick with 17's.
LOL.
Well here in australia the trend is 20inch. Ive seen it everywhere on e36's
Heres some for sale here in australia
http://www.carsales.com.au/used-cars...o=20&trecs=121

http://www.carsales.com.au/used-cars...o=40&trecs=121

Do u guys have these in the states yet? They are fcuking ugly!
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Haven't seen any here, but I'm sure we got 'em. It is fugly!!
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