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Q: what is causing excessive heat from left rear wheel area of my 2002 acura tl on 2002 Acura TL

I drove it 22 miles and when I parked it and got out it smelled like something was burning. I then noticed an excessive amount of heat coming from the left rear wheel area. the wheel was hot to touch
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easy to check jack the wheel up spin it if you can listen for somthing grinding if so its a wheel bearing if it sounds good then the brake caliper or or drum{wheel cylender}is shot and sticking.sometimes you can look at the inside of the wheel and see either brake fluid or axle grease if its axle grease then the seal and bearing are shot hope this helps good luck.
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Yes jack up the car and properly support, release the hand brake, ensure the wheel spins freely. Your car has disc rear brakes. The hand brake shoes are within the center of the rear brake disc. If the hand brake cable is defective it may keep one or both rear hand brake shoe sets applied causing the brakes to rag. If the wheel bearing is deteriorated to the point where it is causing a "drag" it is unsafe to drive as it is on the point of failure. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate
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