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Rear drivers wheel locks up in drive is o.k. in reverse

I checked brakes seems o.k. leaking actuator but thats not it and seems ok when jacked up. any suggestions

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  • wspence540 Dec 29, 2008

    i have oil in the passenger drum but its the drivers side locking

  • drgoodspd Dec 29, 2008

    Same deal with my '97 SR5...won't go in drive unless i give it ALOT of gas...then it makes a loud popping noise (me no like that!) then seems to "drag" rear end...i've checked my rear brakes but look fine...i'll try the e-brake pivot..

  • wspence540 Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks for the solution, but the pivot is all the way released just like the other side, however, the wheel doen not lock up in reverse, only in drive. The pivot seems to be fine. If you have any other ideas that pop up in mind, i'd appreciate it, thank you.


  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    hey toyota ED when the back end is jacked up both wheels will turn. the drivers side locks up in drive only when the truck is on the ground. after it locks up if i put it in reverse it will free up the drivers side. then if i put it back in drive it will roll foward 2 maybe 3 feet and the drivers side then locks up again! i do APPRECIATE your help and or advise with this matter thanks Bill

  • hey1a Feb 01, 2009

    I am having the same issue on my 1998 4Runner.  The rear driver side wheel locks up in drive.  I can put it in low 4 gas it and get it to "pop" but the minute I even tap the brakes the wheel locks up again.  I can reverse it like crazy; the wheel has no problem rotating.
    We are in the process of replacing springs and wheel cylinder to see if that helps, but any other feedback would be appreciated.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Pull the rear wheels off. Pull the rear drums. Look for oil on the brakeshoes from a leaking axle seal.



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If no oil on the driver side, you have a locked up parking brake pivot. Follow the park brake cable to the inside plate of the rear wheels. on the outside, where the cable connects, look to see the position of the visible mechanism connected to the cable. It probably will not match the side that is not locked up. This is a very common problem; you need to replace the park brake pivot. Additionally, you are going to need to remove the other side axle shaft and get the leaking oil seal replaced. Replace the brake shoes if they have oil on them.

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  • Toyota Ed Dec 31, 2008

    OK, we can go thru this step by step...First, if you jack up the rear of the car, BOTH wheels off of the ground, you can spin one wheel, the passenger side, fwd and rev...Yes? Now, the driver side wheel will do exactly what?


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I had a problem with my 1999 4runner rear passenger side wheel locking up after braking in cold/wet weather. Placing it in reverse or giving it some gas would "pop" the wheel free. My mechanic solved the problem by "turning" the drum. A search of other sites showed people solved the problem the same way; but some spent alot of time replacing pads, cylinders, etc. to no avail. Hope this helps someone else. -Roy Reynolds

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    Rachelle Jones Jan 16, 2014

    i have the same problem on my 04 F250 my mecanic bud said cut the parking/emergency cable??



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