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Old Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 11:29 AM

Ok so the ghost in my car is at it again, this morning when I was driving to work I noticed that the car was not pulling too well, when I stopped for coffee literally 2 mins from my house and looked at my back breaks they were smoking. If I take the e brake off and leave it on neutral even on a hill the car wont roll, back brakes are completely locked. Drove the car back to my house to get into my old daily driver, when I pulled into the driveway I didn’t see smoke…so I decided to touch the caliper…what a BAD idea =(

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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 11:49 AM

e-brake cable frozen? it got pretty cold last night. sometimes water gets in the rubber line of the ebrake and freezes it.


one thing i have always wonder about hyundai is how exactly their ebrake system works. i always thought it was an additional piece of metal inside the rotor on the right rear brake. kinda making it a psuedo drum brake.


yea it is i just checked. so i aint smoking crack.


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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:03 PM

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e-brake cable frozen? it got pretty cold last night. sometimes water gets in the rubber line of the ebrake and freezes it.


one thing i have always wonder about hyundai is how exactly their ebrake system works. i always thought it was an additional piece of metal inside the rotor on the right rear brake. kinda making it a psuedo drum brake.


yea it is i just checked. so i aint smoking crack.


It was cold, but the car has seen colder. How can I prevent this from happening if thats the case? brake bleed?
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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:03 PM

my right rear is locked up too, but the outer pad is worn down to the metal, so i dont think it's the "pseudo drum" thing


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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:04 PM

Do you have tension in your e-brake line? If not, frozen or snagged line. You can take off the rear wheels and manually disengage the e-brake by pulling the lever the line is connected to towards the rear of the car. Its not easy, but possible. Try defrosting the line with a hair dryer. If that doesn't do it your line may have snagged. If thats the case, just cut the line and have the dealer do a warranty repair.
If you do have tension in your e-brake line when you release the lever you probably have a stuck caliper. In which case you would have to get a caliper removal tool attach it to a good C clamp and compress the caliper back into its housing.


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How cold is it in virginia? I don't ever remeber it getting below freezing when I lived there

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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:18 PM

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Do you have tension in your e-brake line? If not, frozen or snagged line. You can take off the rear wheels and manually disengage the e-brake by pulling the lever the line is connected to towards the rear of the car. Its not easy, but possible. Try defrosting the line with a hair dryer. If that doesn't do it your line may have snagged. If thats the case, just cut the line and have the dealer do a warranty repair.
If you do have tension in your e-brake line when you release the lever you probably have a stuck caliper. In which case you would have to get a caliper removal tool attach it to a good C clamp and compress the caliper back into its housing.


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How cold is it in virginia? I don't ever remeber it getting below freezing when I lived there

Thanks for the info, two questions. Hows me cutting the break line warranty covered? Is the caliper removal part under warranty?

Its not that cold, but the wind kicks your butt
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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:36 PM

if u cut the brake line u just say it snapped. hence, warranty coverage. not sure if it is a 'wearable' item though. if ur still under warranty just take it to them and say they locked up.

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Old Re: Brakes locked up 01-02-2008 , 12:53 PM

It's not a wearable item. I had to do the same to mine due to a snagged line. They had no problem replacing it under warranty. If you do cut it, just tell them it snapped.
It's possible but difficult to remove the pin from the e brake lever, but its a pain in the ***. Try that route if your uncomfortable cutting the line, but if it already has tension it can be a nightmare.

If its in fact the caliper you can free it using the method I posted earlier. I would then bring it to the dealer and have them replace the caliper.

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BTW you most likely warped your rotors due to the heat. They will need to be reground, or replaced.

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