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#1 StanH

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:08 PM

I have just been to get the car out and I simply can't move it - the brakes appear to be locked solid.

 

Any suggestions as to what the problem might be urgently needed

 

Thanks

 

Stan



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:11 PM

has it been parked for an extended time with handbrake on?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:13 PM

No, it only went into the garage a couple of days ago.

 

Pretty sure it is not the handbrake as front wheels are solidly locked



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:15 PM

Rear drums could be seized , if you have a rubber mallet , give them both a tap , then rock the car forward and reverse.

 

If it comes free then you know you have a problem in either the drums or the hand brake cable.

 

 

Ok scrap that idea you posted saying it was the front.

 

Check fluid level and/or for leaks , check the small air feed vacuum pipe is attached to the master cylinder



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:20 PM

if you try to pull away does it stall, can you jack one front wheel up and see if it turns?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:21 PM

Thanks, perhaps I should rephrase this - I have assumed it is the brakes because all the wheels are locked solid



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:26 PM

but how do you know all the wheels are locked solid, what happens when you try to pull away



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:31 PM

If I try to  pull away either forward or backwards the car tries to move but cannot.

 

I have tried to move each wheel separately but they do not give an inchj



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

so you have jacked each wheel up and tried to turn yes?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

What happens if you pump the brake ? , does it go all the way down , does it feel normal , does it not move at all?



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:49 PM

front brakes sound like they are ceased solid ive never had this happen on any car so im at a loss as to why it would just cease up like that i think you should jack the car up and check the front wheels as its possible the rears are stuck



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:51 PM

When I push the foot brake it only moves as if the brakes are already on.

 

My thoughts go around master cylinder etc.but I don't know my way around the engine bay enough to recognise anything but the most obvious bits - I am thinking I will have to call a garage out.  I don't have breakdown insurance



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:02 PM

I suppose that is a better description of the problem - it is as if someone is sat there with their foot hard on the brake



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

Stan you didn't really answer the question completely if you jacked up the car and tried to spin each wheel by hand. You said you tried each wheel but not if jacked up or not?

 

Jack up the front end put it on axle stands, put it in gear and SLOWLY release the clutch pedal without giving it any gas (With the front end on axle stands) only lift it high enough for the wheels to be off the ground...

 

If you don't have axle stands you can do it with two trolley jacks but seriously be careful if you choose to do this.

 

This will eliminate the front wheels 100% then you will with no doubt know your drums are locked up... in that case you can take off the rear wheels bash it with a rubber mallet a few times put the wheels on rock it back and forth.

 

Deffo try and eliminate the front first though



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

its not something stupid keep peddle pressed is it, get hold of it by hand and pull back up to see if it moves, also in relation to the clutch peddle, where is it sitting higher or lower and by how much?



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