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Old 06-29-2007, 12:46 AM   #11
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Wellllll, I jacked the car up...but not by choice, lol. I (like an idiot) was driving the car. You have to understand it drives forward PERFECTLY with no issue but the minute you put it into reverse the drivers side rear wheel goes nuts. Initially (bc I could not see what the tire itself was doing while backing up) I didn't really totally understand the problem. I was backing out of my friends driveway and the tire locked up again, so I had him watch the wheel to tell me what it was doing. Lo and behold the tire itself was actually locked up, so he tells me to put a little gas on it to free it. I do that, and the tire skids across the driveway, impervious to me, lol. It caused the tire to seperate from the wheel and loose pressure, so I had a flat - hence the reason for jacking the car up.

Since I don't know wtf I'm looking at, and could jack the car up 10 feet in the air and stare at it for 6 months straight without a solution, Im back to yoouuu guys. I'm hoping to avoid the Stealership! The car drives forward with no issues (except today some groaning and grinding from the brakes) but as soon as its in reverse the drivers side rear wheel locks right up and won't budge. It will happily move right on forward tho. Anything?
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:22 AM   #12
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Check to make sure the caliper on the wheel causing problems is firmly bolted to its bracket. Then with that said, make sure the caliper bracket is properly bolted down. There are 2 bolts for each item mentioned. 2 bolts that hold the caliper to the bracket, 2 bolts that hold the bracket onto whatever you call the area it mounts too.

I say this because once, about oh a month after performing so brake upgrades, it turns out one of my caliper bracket bolts had vibrated loose and fallen out.I believe it was the frontward one, so the car rolled forward and stopped without problems, because the force of braking and driving pushed the caliper downward where it didnt hit anything, and the other remaining bolt held the rest. The opposite happened in reverse and made some god-awful sounds and feelings like you are describing.

Just something else to check out.
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Hmmm, ODDLY ENOUGH I just got a brake job about a month ago myself...lol. I'll check that out!
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Hmmm, ODDLY ENOUGH I just got a brake job about a month ago myself...lol. I'll check that out!
Well I cant think of much else that would physically stop the wheel from turning like you say.

If that the problem you should definetely see the signs of it. One of my rims still bears some fairly deep scarring from my little incident.

Just play with it a little, jack the car up and make sure its supported well, then spin the wheel by hand both directions, see what happens, and whats causing it. Youll figure it out.
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makes perfect sense that that is the problem.
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As you've just had the brake work done, may as well take it back to the shop that did the work, and have them make it right.
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i'm with ^^^^ that guy

I would have done that first if the problem wasn't there in the first place.
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lol, the place that did my brakes was my friend in his yard - he offers no warranty, haha.

Anyways, it WAS a caliper problem - the anchor bolt was MISSING! It was the exact situation that Littlehoov had. His left deep scars in the rim, but unfortunately it PIERCED my rim. I took the car to Midas today, they said the dealership wanted $890 for a new rim, which is ridiculous. Anyone have any rims for sale that live in OHIO? I'll drive to you. The fix was $15, but the consequences are $900, luck.
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Well that was very interesting to read as I've not heard about such a thing to date. Sorry to hear about the rim... Be sure to check out the For Sale section here or on Ebay for a rim. You can also post in the Wanted Section...
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Well smack my arse and call me Sally

After 4 years and over 1200 posts, I finally helped someone figure something out!

Glad you got it figured it out man. After my experience, I always put a dab of the blue thread locker on brake stuff. Or anything else I take loose that I deem "important" as such.

Since your friend has no warranty, at least smack him around a little.


Yeah I remember paying about 16 bucks for that bolt, after driving to 3 different dealerships to find one that had it in stock.

Then the next day my dad found the old one at the end of the driveway while walking the dog ( our driveway is like 1/4 mile long)
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