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Could frozen e brakes cause car not to go forward, car moves easy in reverse

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If the park brakes are froze then the wheels should not go forward or reverse. The transmission will have to be repaired or replaced to fix the issue.

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No. An emergency brake on the 86 camaro engages the pads against the rotor and the vehicle would not move either in reverse or forward. It sounds like you have a gear problem in the transmission that could be related to either solenoid or actual gear wear. Assuming the vehicle is being MOVED as you say while the engine is running.. thus providing the energy to move it.. Going in reverse has the solenoid engaged one way, drive the other way. Solenoid sounds damaged at this point. Unfortunately this probably will require a transmission rebuild.

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