THe car will move in both directions but its is very strained like something is holding it back. This happened yesterday afternoon for the 1st time but something poped and the car droved fine. In fact I drove it home and parked then about did and errin all work fine. This morning at about 5:00 AM (cold 15 degrees) the same thing is happeing but this time the ABS light came on and whatever poped yesteday did not today. I tied backing up for 10 to 15 yards and going forward 100 or yards. I also hear a squealing noise coming for the back.
Re: Seems loike the emergency brake is on but its not
If you have the capability to lift your tires using you cars jack try to rotate all tires at a time. make sure you have not engage to any gear anghand barke off and make sureto put a safety block on the opposite tire you are lifting. if you have hard time to rotating your tire wich is lifted and on nuetral positon your brakes are stuck. Have a good mechanic check it for you
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Sounds like your brakes are sticking. Possibly the emergency brake is not disengaging entirely? Stop the car and put in park. Apply emergency brake as hard/far as possible. Then release and put in drive and try to go. Most emergency brakes are self adjusting. If the problem still persists, have it taken to your mechanic.
If you can feel the thump of the engine when you select gear I would say the trans is working, most likely I would say that your emergency brakes are locked, your rear shoes are binding with the drum. 2 causes, a frayed cable may not be allowing you to release the the brakes, or the springs are soft in the rear brake area and not releasing. Jack up the rear put in neutral, emergency lever off, see if wheel can turn by hand, if not, remove wheel hit brake drum with rubber mallet to see if this releases the shoes off the drum. Inspect emergency brake cable first to see that there is little tension holding it. let me know how you go. cheers.
It sounds like you may have a brake caliper sticking (if the issue is really coming from the front). Does it pull in one direction? One way to check is to jack the front end up and try to spin each tire by hand. They should turn relatively freely. Another possibility, and more likely from your description, is that the rear emergency / parking brake may be frozen. Drum brakes, by nature, do a better job of holding the vehicle from rolling forward. If your emergency / parking brake is engaged, either frozen or inadvertently left on, I would expect the symptoms you describe- moving in reverse, but not forward. You can check this the same way- jack up the rear end of the vehicle, put it in neutral, and try spinning the rear tires by hand.
Assuming your vehicle is a 4x4, a less likely scenario is that something's gone awry in the transfer case, front differential, axles, hubs.
Try using super penetrating oil like WD-40 or Liquid Wrench and spray this on the "exterior" of the cable in the vicinity of any "bends" in the cable near the wheel. After liberally applying the super penetrating oil, wait 10 minutes (allow to soak in to break rust free) and then attempt to turn the emergency brake on and off several times to put pressure on the brake and release it. you can also help the spring activated "return" feature of the brake by moving the brake shoe in and out with your hands when parking brake is in the released position. Be careful not to pry on anything delicate...
If NOT PARK BRAKE & / or Cables , THE BRAKE HOSE (RUBBER) from body to Axel can Fail on the INSIDE in a Way that it HOLDS Brake Fluid IN the Rear Axel (LINES) "STEAL" It sounds Strange But in My 30 years I have seen this MOSTLY on Front (Rubber) Hoses But also A Number of times, if you Crack it Loose on the AXEL side (Just After Semi HARD APPLYING of BRAKE) and it Drains Fluid FAST this is your Problem. Only OTHER Item Involved to HOLD BOTH WHEELS is> As I Said the PARK BRAKE MECHANISM & / OR CABLES.
Glad to help. Check those brake linings for any signs of burning...If they have been running too tight it is possible that they have overheated a bit. Also check the emergency brake cable for binding sometimes they get rusted up and stick.