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  1. #1
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    Default my car won't move

    I haven't drive my car since before christmas, because of the snow and also I work from home so don't use it that much.

    anyway the tyre was down so I didn't even bother with it at all while the snow was around

    then this weekend I got the tyre blown up and started it (started first time, not bad for a 8 year old car) it started

    but wouldn't move!!!!!! at ALL lol

    I think something has siezed up... any clues? brakes? wheels? WD40?

    anyone got any ideas?

    thanks
    x

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    Default Re: my car won't move

    Hi Michelle, it will almost certainly be the handbrake seized. Try switching from forward and revers and see if it will free it. If not turn engine off, leave it in gear and try rocking it back and forward. If that doesn't work you will have to get somebody to remove the rear wheels and try and free the cable.
    Steve

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    Default Re: my car won't move

    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTLY View Post
    If that doesn't work you will have to get somebody to remove the rear wheels and try and free the cable.
    get the rear wheels off and give the brake drums a good clonking to with a soft head (leather or ally etc) mallet.
    This should break the rusted shoes from the drums and get you on your way

    the shoes are probably partially rusted to the drums because you haven't used it recently
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    Default Re: my car won't move

    Just a point, We have never in nearly50 years left handbrake on while at home for this reason, I have known this to happen to many people unfortunately.

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    Default Re: my car won't move

    I had exactly the same problem today, spoke to Mastertech and they said rock the car back and forward until it releases, but it'll keep happening until it's sorted.

    Took it in this afternoon, cost 35 and they cleaned the drums and they even tightened the handbrake as it needed doing anyway.

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    Default Re: my car won't move

    It's the front brakes that seize on mine. I always park with hand brake on and that has never seized. The rear drums are better protected from the elements so will rarely cause any problems.
    Turning the steering wheel from lock to lock is normally sufficient to free the front brakes.
    There is an easy way to identify whether front rear or brakes are seized up:
    • Rear end squats when you attempt to drive forward = rear drums are seized and front brakes may be seized.
    • Rear end does not squat when you attempt to drive forward = front pads are seized. Rear brakes OK.

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    I have the same experience as Tolsen.
    I have driven smarts on a daily basis since 2001, and have had this brake
    lockup many times. The problem has allways been the front pads.
    Bjorn

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    Default Re: my car won't move

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjorn View Post
    I have the same experience as Tolsen.
    I have driven smarts on a daily basis since 2001, and have had this brake
    lockup many times. The problem has allways been the front pads.
    Bjorn
    Quite a coincidence. I got my first Smart in Dec 2001.

    Front pads on my Smart were seized this morning. Freed up easily turning steering wheel just a wee bit.
    TK

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolsen123 View Post
    Freed up easily turning steering wheel just a wee bit.
    TK
    nice bit of bearing play then ?
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    Default Re: my car won't move

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    nice bit of bearing play then ?
    Front bearings are only 1 year old. I prefer freeing front brakes by turning steering wheel as opposed to burning my clutch.

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