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1991 mercury sable rear R wheel is not moving

I have had the car sitting for about a month with no driving and there was snow and rain. They all look really rusted. What could be the problem?

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You need to get it started and onto a dry hard surface (roadway).
work it forward and reverse a few times.
If that is not working than jack it up and take the wheel off to gain access to the brake drum.strike the brake drum with a hammer on the front edges of the drum and work your way around it , striking as you go...
replace the wheel and rock the car back and forth again.

What happened is the brake shoes swelled up , rust in the drums has siezed the brake shoes .
The rocking back and forth should loosten the brake up... but the hammer blows will surely aid in the breaking loose proceedure.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013

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Your brakes are probably rusted up. From sitting and not moving the inside of your brake drum has a lip rusted around the brake shoe. If you get an some solid dry pavement lightly rock the car back and forth from drive to reverse. This should free up the wheel. If it does not then you will need to get the wheel and drum off and see what is the problem in there.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013

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