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#1 jamesm

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:20 PM

Car has been parked up all week, which is not unusual and it has been parked up longer in the past with no problems.

The handbrake has seized on and just will not release. I think it is the brake rather than the mechanism as I got a clonk from one side when I released it, but the other side is still solid.

Is there an easy diy way to get it free? Have tried to rock it free in reverse, but that is just burning the clutch. Can't go forward as will end up in the front room if it realeases!
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#2 StewartyBoy

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

Is the wheel dragging!? I usually take it up the road and back, giving the pedal a few good jumps. Obviously make sure no-one is behind you!
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#3 jamesm

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 11:55 PM

Is the wheel dragging!? I usually take it up the road and back, giving the pedal a few good jumps. Obviously make sure no-one is behind you!


Drive is on a hill and can't get it reversed back up to the road to do that.

Edited by JamesM, 01 March 2009 - 11:55 PM.

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#4 COLZO

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:20 AM

Drive is on a hill and can't get it reversed back up to the road to do that.


As your drive is on a hill I don't suppose you can take the wheel off? It will be the brake pad stuck to the disc no doubt.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:35 AM

The handbrake on a subaru works just the same way as a normal car with drums as the handbrake is inside the disk/hub part so if you take your wheel off and give it a couple of fairly hard hits with a hammer is should free it but be carefull not to hit a wheel stud or the disk its self as you can cause damage to them :thumbup: hpoe this helps
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:09 PM

Yip a wee knock with a hammer and chisel on the hub should sort it :-)
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#7 jamesm

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:43 PM

Cheers for the replies.

A bit of WD40 and a knock with a hammer has sorted it out. Perhaps not the best stuff to put on your brakes, but getting them changed anyway.
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#8 emoe

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:50 PM

i was going to say that if a BFH doesnt sort out a stuck handbrake shoe then you got problems!! :icon_salut:
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#9 KenSlalom

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:41 PM

i was going to say that if a BFH doesnt sort out a stuck handbrake shoe then you got problems!! :D

Thanks for the previous posts. I was thinking it might need lifting away it was stuck so hard. But a gentle tap with the BFH in the right place did the job, where driving up and down the road with one locked wheel didn't!!
Cheers. Just tap round the outside of the hub/drum.
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:53 PM

If you leave your car for a few weeks leave the handbrake of and put the car in to gear



This thread is almost a year old :D
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#11 Terzo Neil

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:56 PM

it's as old as the hills
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#12 Richie Cross

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 05:12 PM

Has James got a new alter ego?

That was 'Ken Slalom's' first post....thanking for previous posts??? :D
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#13 jamesm

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:08 AM

A blast from the past!

From the days when my only problem was a seized handbrake!
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#14 kennyuk300

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:15 PM

Has James got a new alter ego?

That was 'Ken Slalom's' first post....thanking for previous posts??? B)



Well James,care to enlighten us ????????? :)


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