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2004 Accord will not move on cold mornings

I have 2004 Honda Accord, manual transmission with a four cylinder engine. Cold mornings, 24 degrees F this morning the engine starts fine. Parking brake released and when put into first gear the car will move as though the brakes are on. Metal on metal noise and the car moves so slowly that I shut it down, before I drive 25 feet. As it warms up problem stops. Local mechanic cannot duplicate the problem, says brakes and transmission check out OK and returns vehicle to me. I purchased the car used and lived with the problem last winter. this morning the problem returned.

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  • jlees666 Dec 11, 2009

    Yes, the brake is set for the night, and the car sits out all night. The resistance to move is centered in the wheels and does not seem to be a drive train issue. If we drive the car it will move very slowly and make the rubbing noise for about 100 to 200 feet. Then the noise subsides and the vehicle begins to move freely. Can we lube the parking brake housing to prevent the ice from forming?

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    philschneide May 11, 2010

    Are you setting the parking brake before you leave the car for the night? If so, you may have moisture in the parking brake housing which freezes in cold weather and prevents the brake from releasing. Of course, when the car winds up in a heated garage, the ice melts and the brake releases so a mechanic can't find the problem.

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When you release the parking brake, the handle goes down, but the cable in the casing is probably not moving. When you drive away, your parking brake is still set. The movement of the wheels against the brake shoes (or discs) produces heat pretty quickly and causes the brakes to release (at least enough so that there is no longer any contact between the brake shoe or disc and the brake drum or rotor).
The casing normally runs from the back of each hub to a point somewhere forward where they come close together so the brake handle can pull both brake cables at once. The casings could be lubbed, but that is something you probably want a garage to try to do (pretty messy, spraying lub into a casing with the cable is in it, and not a guaranteed solution unless both cables are disconnected, removing from the casings, and cleaned).
Probably the best thing to do to solve the problem in the short run is NOT to set the parking brake in very cold weather.
Hope this is helpful.

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