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Old 12-24-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Question broken breaks

so yesterday i was driving and i started hearing a popping noise coming from my back tires, once i got going like 20mph it would start popping well today i was driving and it got worse, and of course it had to happen on a day when its a blizzard out side. but anyways i stopped at the mall and went to pull on my e_break and it was super tight so i thought great my back breaks are screwed, or that the pads broke apart and jammed everything up or maybe a spring came off. well when i got to driving again the rear wheels are now locked up and will not turn at all. has anyone every had this problem before and if so where should i start?


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Old 12-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Sounds like maybe your pad jammed into the rotor causing your BRAKES to lock up. I've seen this happen on fords before when the rear pads are allowed to wear excessively.
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #3
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If you have rear discs pulling the tire off could show the problem. I'm guessing you have drum brakes out back and if there still locked there not going to come apart easy!
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yeah thats what i was think that a pad came off and jammed it up, i just replaced them not even a year ago but maybe i got a defective pad or something.
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pound that drum off with a big old hammer, and some cloth so it doesnt dent or bang it up so bad. and then see what the problem is, but...getting that drum off is your first step, unless it's the e-brake cable and you cut it.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:03 PM   #6
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okay so i went to work on my car today to find out what was wrong and i found the problem my wheel bearing is shot. i will take some pics and post them up here of what is left of the wheel bearing.
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Sounds like the parking brake may not be releasing. That can be either a cable issue or a mechanism/linkage issue at the drum.
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Do you like your radio loud? I'll bet that bearing was howling long before it locked up.
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All Hell broke loose inside that drum. I had a problem a couple of years ago when my e-brake kept locking up in the winter. When it got extremely cold outside my e-brake cable literally froze inside the sheathing and wouldn't come undone until it thawed out. What could have happened was you had the e-brake handle all the way down but the e-brake wasn't disengaged inside the drum. You drove around a couple of days like that and it just heated up enough to destroy everything inside there. But if you say it was the wheel bearing like you say it was, you should have heard that longggg before it went out.
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well i noticed a knocking noise a couple of days before it totally locked up on me but i didnt know what it was.
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