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Siezed Rear brakes.

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by erikespo, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. erikespo

    erikespo Senior Member

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    Aug 16, 2004
    Western New York
    On my 96 Saab the rear brakes are siezed. Do I just have to smack the calipers off or is there something else I need to do?
    It was the hand brake that siezed them.

    I tried to break them free by towing it backwards but they just slid.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Jun 11, 2005
    Central Texas

    In that case, I'd hit em with a hammer a few times in various directions, clean up what rotor you can get to with a wire wheel chucked into a drill, and try to break em free again.

    If the calipers are actually seized, you'll need to remove them, most likely forceably with a 3 lb sledge or whatever, and rebuild them.

    Or buy new ones..

    And, if all else fails, and you are going to replace the pads anyway, soak em very liberally with WD-40 a few times a day for 3 days. That'll break anything loose.'

    P.S. Get under there and make damned certain the cable released. Could just be a cable problem.
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