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Old 03-27-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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What actually causes wheels to seize?

Well, after my car has been sat for about 7 weeks, I driven it for the first time today, and it seemed as though the wheels had seized because I couldn't move the car at first.

I'm just wondering why leaving your car undriven for a long time causes the wheels to seize? What actually happens?

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rust on the brakes perhaps.
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Rust usually....forms on the rotors/drums. The pads stick since they're touching the rotors, and if you had the emergency brake engaged shoes can stick to the drums, or to the rear rotors if you have them. For long-term storage....don't use the emergency brake and that initial sticking won't be so bad.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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yup...e-brake in the rear, and pads and rotors in front rust together
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Along with a seized adjuster in the rear drums if the ebrake was up.
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If its the rear brakes, and they're drum brakes, its probably the wheel cylinder. This happened to me randomly on my Hyundai and I literally had to drag the ass end home.
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This happened to me, the emergency brake has become stuck and doesn't want to break free (it drags the tire), any suggestions on an easy way to get the emergency brake to release?
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You can try pulling it and releasing it at a very low speed. Generally the shock will free it up (though it it hard on the tires and brakes to do so).
Really though if a wheel is locked/ing up you have larger problems that should be addressed (like rust in the cable itself or mis-adjustment of the cable).
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