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When I turn my 2003 mountaineer to the right and pull of it comes to a stop when I gently accelerate. It does the same thing in reverse, coming to a stop without me applying the brakes. I had my calipers checked, my front rotors changed and my right caliper changed, new brake pads and the problem still exists. There is a subtle grinding like sound before it comes to a complete stop. Any suggestions

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  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    turning the wheel is not the problem. The car stops completely without my stepping on the brakes.

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    I had a friend of mine check the brakes all the way around. The wheel turned freely. Would the rear wheel make the grinding sound? and would that happen only when you turn the wheel to the right or left? Would the car come to a stop?

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    Also, when i accelerate, the car feels like it is dragging just a bit.

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    It happens when the wheels are turned a little if I accelerate slowly. The car will completely stop. My friend thinks it is the same wheel with the parking brake also. What does he need to do to disengage it to see if that is the problem?

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    Absolutely. He did look at the brakes in the rear and even looked at the parking brake but I'm not sure if he checked it properly. What does he need to do to see if it is working properly?

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    Thanks. I will have him try that. You don't think it's my transaxle or powertrain or rear end or anything to do with my transmission? I will be ecstatic if it is not.

  • antioneg1 Apr 07, 2011

    Thank so much. I will have him try tomorrow or Friday. Whichever day it doesn't rain. Please reply again so that I may have you in my email to reply back if it doesn't work to ascertain any next steps. You're a great help.

  • antioneg1 Apr 18, 2011

    Thanks so much for your help. The problem was found and it was the transfer-case. It is an all Wheel drive and the front axle was removed for now. It is now a rear wheel drive car until I am able to pay for the transfer case installation which will again provide all wheel drive. I am able to drive it without any of the issues and I even get better gas mileage. Thanks again for your help.

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Hi, it may be that your parking brake cable is sticking in it's sheath. Have you pulled the drums off the back and checked to see if the parking brakes are releasing properly?

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Apr 07, 2011

    The drums can make a grinding sound when the parking brake is sticking, but it wouldn't happen only when the front wheels are turned. If you have them turned all the way, the power steering pump may be pulling the power from the engine. Does it only happen when the wheels are turned all the way pr even when turned a little?

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Apr 07, 2011

    Maybe when your friend checked the brakes, he/she didn't check the parking brake. Do you use your parking brake when you park?

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Apr 07, 2011

    If it's sticking, sometimes you can pull on the sheath at the wheel hub and get it to release. If that works, you know it's the parking brake cable sticking in the sheath.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Apr 07, 2011

    No, I could be wrong, but I think it's the brakes. Have him check the cables for sticking and also check the hydraulic wheel cylinders for any fluid leaking from the boots, clean all of the dust out and then adjust the shoes up snug to the wheels using the self adjusting star. Sometimes being too loose is a problem too.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Apr 07, 2011

    Happy to help and anxious to hear what your friend discovers. :o)

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The streering has a steering check which prevents the wheel to turn too far. If broken off the wheel maybe scraping the chassis somewhere. Check fow excessive wear on the inner wheel for scrapes and if found look for clean bright metal on the chassis area

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