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Brakes Locking Up

Have a 1992 Buick Park Avenue with less than 55K miles (Mother's car)...A month or so ago the brakes locked up on it...The next morning they were not locked up so I took it to the shop...They checked and cleaned everything and said nothing wrong, possibly just a rock or something got in there...No charge...So today it happened again...A couple of hours later I got in and drove it approx half a mile before they locked up again...It felt like the brakes were applying themselves harder and harder during the drive until eventually they locked up all together...Some shade tree mechanic told me there was some sort of switch on top of tranny that could cause this...Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks Gunk

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  • ldunkel May 27, 2009

    The best way I can explain it is, it is like I was pushing another car bumper to bumper (like most of us have at one time or another) and the car I'm pushing puts their brakes on little by little while I push my accelorator more and more but the front car wins and eventually we both come to a stop even if I'm still pushing on the accelorator...Kind of feels like to me that all four are locking up at the same time...I didn't think to touch the wheels to see which ones were hot, but I did smell brakes...


    Thanks for the replies guys...


    Gunk

  • ldunkel May 28, 2009

    Thanks for the input fellas...Today the car runs fine...My mechanic at McCoy Tire thinks I'm nuts...Can't find anything wrong...


    Gunk

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Sounds like the rear drums may be adjusted too tight. they ride on the drum the whole time, the more you drive the hotter it gets and expands the metal until the wheel stops, hopethis helps and good luck

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Probably one of your disc brake calipers are getting stickyand sometimes won't release the brake pads when you take your foot off the brakes. After you drive the car and this happens again, stop the car and go around carefully touch each of the wheels with your hand. If one wheel is much hotter than the others, this is the wheel with the caliper that needs to be replaced.

By the way- a rock getting in there is very unlikely- almost impossible.

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There is no switch on the transmission that can do this. Do all the wheels lock or just one. When it starts acting up get out and check the wheels and see if one or all are very hot. You likely have a bad brake hose on one wheel.

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    Clint Smock May 28, 2009

    Do you notice that when you do hit the brakes you get a pull to one side?

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