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Brakes locked on

Handbrake appears to be working but dosn't release the brakes, there are no warning lights lit on the dash. Pumping the brake pedal dosn't help.

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  • iris728 Mar 06, 2009

    Hand brake was on for several days, vehicle is not used much.

  • iris728 Mar 09, 2009

    Drove it backwards in the garage, didn't like the sounds, noticed from skid marks only one wheel locked, but next to the garage wall so could not get wheel off, so have to get it out of the garage.
    Reverse and low and as it exited the garage big bang and it freed.
    Don't think it is a wear problem as only done 50Ks but we don't use it much, so in future will leave hand brake off when in garage.
    Thanks for your help


  • thomas cole May 11, 2010

    Did this start after having the hand brake on for an extended time or did it just happen after setting it for a short period of time.

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Your rear brake shoes are stuck. The assembly is held togehter with spring which appy pressure to return your brake pads to there original position. The park brake uses a cable to pull the brake pads out to lock against the brake drum, this is where your problem is at. Sometimes pulling the tires off a hitting around the outside of the drums will free the brakes. Other times driving a few feet will do the trick I would try this first. This is a problem you encounter with older vehicles that have higher milage and is a sign that your brake hardware is getting old. You can find online manuals on most vehicles for free at autozone.com if you want to take on replaceing them yourself. Keep on mind if you are going to have it apartanyway you can save money and trouble later by replacing the shoes, hardware and wheel cylinders at the same time.

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