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I have a 1994 chevy 1500 2WD truck that I leave it parked at a ranch for several weeks in between uses. When I put truck in drive after sitting for a few weeks, the rear left wheel will not turn. Right side wheel turns fine. I have to put it in reverse and lightly apply gas and then put it in drive again and it usually frees up. After getting it broke loose the last time and drove it for aboput a day, I got around to pulling off wheel and looked at brakes - no leaking brake cylinder, brake components seemed OK, emergency brake cable operates OK (although I have not been setting emergency brake lately due to this problem). Differential fluid is OK. Before I park it each time, I have to drive through a creek that is about 18 inches deep. Once the wheel breaks free when I first get to ranch, I have no further problems until I park it again for a few weeks. Not sure if the problem is a brake problem or rear differential or something else. Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot or what the problem could be.

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  • mike_randig Aug 26, 2010

    Thanks for your input. So any idea why it is always the same side that sticks? Also is there anything that I can do (other than not driving through the water) that will prevent the brake pads from sticking due to rust?

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Hi,
This problem won't be your diff, it will be the brakes, even though you don't apply the emergency brake now, the problem is with the foot brake.
I would say that the brake shoes are not returning properly and when you stop to park the truck up for a while, the brakes are not returning to where they should.

You should get someone to press the foot brake slowly while the wheel etc is off and see if the shoes are going back to where they should, you will find they probably are not and are staying out and not returning.

Try this and let me know if you need more information.

Thanks

Jason

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Hi! Driving on waters can cause this to stuck when parked because of rust build up on the brakes but once move it'll be ok. I guess you dont need to worry too much now. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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