My front driver side tire is smoking

Asked by Feb 22, 2019 at 09:45 AM about the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2010 chevy malibu and I know i needed
new tires because my front drivers side tire went
low so i tried filling my tire and it wouldn't fill so i
just tried going home and it wouldn't really
accelerate and than it started smoking so i ended
up putting on my donut tire and now my tire in the
drivers side is smoking again and i have no idea
what to do or what it is or how much it will cost i
just want a good idea of what im looking at

1 Answer


The only thing that would make a tire smoke is if the brakes were grabbing or locking up, or a wheel bearing went out. You'd know if a wheel bearing went out, it would screech like crazy or wheel would seize. From your description that it wouldn't accelerate it sounds like you have a dragging break. The break hoses can go bad, preventing brake fluid from being able to return to master cylinder, and that can keep brakes applied in that wheel. A dragging brake can smoke once it gets hot enough. A bad caliper can also cause a brake to drag. New brake hoses are about 15 to 30 each. A caliper is 45 to 65 each. Pads and fluid prices are nominal. Add labor for replacing and bleeding brakes. So basically you need a brake job. Call around for quotes. DO NOT drive vehicle with a dragging brake. Tow it to a shop, check with shop and tow company if they can charge tow to the shop, then have shop include it in the bill. Tow companies tend to give shops a discounted price. Good luck.

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