When I'm driving on a hot day my brake pedal get really hard then the car starts To shake. And my car starts to smell like burnt rubber? What's wrong please help

  • Welcome to the site. Can you please help us out with what the make/model/engine is of the vehicle which is having issues? Jul 16, 2017 at 16:24
  • Is there a change in braking performance, aside from the pedal difficulty?
    – mongo
    Jul 16, 2017 at 20:00

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I would assume this means you have lost your intake manifold vacuum due to a vacuum leak. The brake pedal gets hard because you have to provide all force yourself without any braking assistance from the vacuum powered servo.

Also, the car shaking probably comes from the engine, which now has more air than it needs to have.

See here how to find vacuum leaks: Finding a possible vacuum leak

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