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Both rear wheels are locked up on 2000 Dodge Neon

Parked the car last Aug 2008. It worked fine when I parked it. Never had this proble before. Was trying to roll the car back and it wouldn't budge, so I tried towing backward and noticed both rear wheels are locked up?????

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  • bornlivedie Mar 24, 2009

    Parking brake was never engaged but I did check that engaged and disengaged several times with no luck

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    did you leave the emergency (parking ) brake on by mistake??

  • Arnold May 11, 2010

    Maybe the parking brake cable is seized. Try working the parking brake pedal/lever and see if it works.

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Had this problem a really long time ago. Dad died and his fairly new car sat in the garage for six months. When we tried to get it out of there, it may as well have been welded to the floor. Flat-bedded to my shop, took rear drums off, found nothing, put it back together and it never did it again. Only thing I can think of is that moisture in the air swelled the linings, engaging them. Trying to drag the car till the brakes disengage will cause flat spots on your tires. Beating on drums may cause them to go out of round. Remove drums to make sure nothing else is going on in there and you should be fine.
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Your rear break are stuck.witch happen when a car or truck set for long time. just take a hufty hammer and hit the break drum a few time.or drive it on to the road and go fourd and backward un till they start to move ok . 9 times out of ten this will work. if it duse not you have to tow it to the shop ok . good luck

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