My Vibe has recently had its rear brake pads and rotors replaced, but nothing else in the brake system. Yesterday I drove for about 20km and noticed a burning smell and a lot of heat coming off of the rear driver-side brake. I checked again this morning after a 5km drive to work and the same thing happened. The car isn't driving badly and it doesn't pull to one side. The e-brake handle is loose and has lots of play in it. I have a few questions:
- Could this be due to a loose e-brake cable? If so, I feel it should affect the passenger side as well, and that side is not heating up.
- I have a 2500km round trip coming up in two days. I am very concerned that I won't be able to take it to a mechanic in time. I'm aware that this will probably destroy my brakes, but is it unsafe? I am going to try to get it into my mechanic today, but if he can't look at it soon enough I don't know what option I have here.