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The back brake locked up and released what is wrong with it how do I fix it

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This issue can be caused by many faults
1. worn out parking brake shoes
2. broken parking brake spring etc...
3. stretched or broken/rusted parking brake cable
If your lucky and have decent quality rear discs you can use the 2 holes in the hub part to assist in removal of the discs after the caliper is off. I keep some spare M8 bolts around that fit the holes in the discs. Just clean the holes with some WD40 or similar lube and run the bolts in those holes the disc should come off with a little effort

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Two possibilities come to mind:
1) Worn out rear brake shoes may need replacement. Severely worn brake shoes can overextend when brakes are applied and get stuck in extended position.
2) Rusty or corroded parking brake cable may be getting stuck, causing rear brakes to remain applied when parking brake is released. Replace, or clean & lubricate, parking brake cable.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

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It could be the springs inside the drum, could be rusted and stuck or broke, take your tire off and pull your brake drums

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