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...at least that's what I think. I have a '99 Escort sedan whose rear right wheel suddenly locked after I had backed out ca. 2 meters in the garage. I used the handbrake when I parked it (although it's on level ground:roll: ). The handbrake handle is much harder to pull up now, but it does work on the other tire. This happened once before about a month ago. At that time I removed the wheel, found nothing interesting, then put it back on and it worked. This was by the way the same wheel, and also happened during backing up after the car had been parked with handbrake on for a couple of days.

I know next to nothing about cars in general, but I want to save some money by not having the mechanic do a house call. I have found there are 2 cables going to the wheel base, one is thick and one is thin. I haven't found any differences between these cables in the wheel that is locked from the one that is free. They seem well attached and none of them is tight. The wheel base (tire removed) of the locked wheel will not roll around (shift in free and handbrake off) while it's elevated.

Do any of you recognize any of this? I'd be very happy for any advice, and please let me know if I need to supply any extra information.
 

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It's not an easy fix, I'm guessing. You'll have to pull the drum off and to do that, you'll have to back the adjuster off so it loosens up enough to pull the drum off. You up for that?
 

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What tools would I need? If there is little chance I might destroy something for good I will give it a try.

Update - I realize this is too big a task so the mechanic is on his way. :)
 

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BOSS302man said:
Watch him and you'll see how easy it might be for you next time.
He pounded on the wheel while I was applying some reverse thrust. Apparently moist had gathered while driving and so it got stuck after being parked for some time with the handbrake on. The most important lesson I learned from this is to rid myself of the habit of using the handbrake every time I park.
 

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