What Is That Burning Smell Coming from My Brakes?

If you have ever taken an Arizona road trip, you are probably familiar with the changes in elevation and curvy, steep mountain roads. Something you will often hear on these drives is, “don’t ride the brakes!” If you fail to heed this warning, you are likely to experience the rather unpleasant smell of burning brakes.

What causes your brakes to smell as though they are sizzling? There are a few possibilities.