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    Thread: '01 Dodge Neon brakes locked?

    1. 07-12-2011 07:18 PM #1
      Hi, my mom has a '01 Dodge Neon, 3spd A/T with over 70k on the clock. Recently this week, the vehicle just stop moving. What I mean is, the wheels started to drag when put into D. The won't even move 3 feet out of gear.

      I'm not familiar with Chrysler products so I don't know what to make of it. Would anyone here happen to have a clue as to why a vehicle that does less than 1200 mi. a month would suddenly just lock up with no warning?

      I thought it would be a fuse.

      Any logical suggestions are welcomed.

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      07-12-2011 07:20 PM #2
      More likely a driveline issue than a brake issue. Were there any symptoms? Has she ever had the head gasket changed?
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    3. 07-12-2011 07:24 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRabidRabbit View Post
      More likely a driveline issue than a brake issue. Were there any symptoms? Has she ever had the head gasket changed?

      The only thing that has changed is the Radiator. It was replaced with a new one 30 days ago. Car drove fine 7/8/11. It has been parked ever since.

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      07-12-2011 07:27 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      The only thing that has changed is the Radiator. It was replaced with a new one 30 days ago. Car drove fine 7/8/11. It has been parked ever since.
      It runs ok? I think I misunderstood, I thought you couldn't get it running, OR push it... Not just the latter.
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    5. 07-12-2011 07:35 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRabidRabbit View Post
      It runs ok? I think I misunderstood, I thought you couldn't get it running, OR push it... Not just the latter.
      Well what I meant was, the car was working fine on 7/8/11. I parked it since then. However, just a few minutes ago to move it across the street, it wouldn't move 3 feet while in D. You can hear the rear wheel drag. Even tried to put it into neutral, the rear dragged.

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      07-12-2011 07:42 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Remedy View Post
      Well what I meant was, the car was working fine on 7/8/11. I parked it since then. However, just a few minutes ago to move it across the street, it wouldn't move 3 feet while in D. You can hear the rear wheel drag. Even tried to put it into neutral, the rear dragged.
      When's the last time the rear brakes were done? E-brake moving freely? When drums get worn far enough, they will lock themselves, especially when moving backward. Try rocking the car back and forth a bit and see if they pop loose.
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      07-12-2011 07:44 PM #7
      Good luck with that. My gf has an '03 that did the same thing. I didn't have time to look at it, but her family's "mechanic" replaced the pads and shoes all the way around (the front needed it soon anyways) and it's worked just fine since. He said he thought it was rust buildup by the caliper on the rear drums, which is why I don't trust what he says, but apparently something had actually broken off and wedged its way behind the shoes.

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      07-12-2011 08:09 PM #8
      e-brake stuck on, perhaps?

    9. 07-12-2011 08:22 PM #9
      Ok, just tried to move it again and all 3 wheels move except the drivers side rear wheel. This wheel is locked.

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      07-12-2011 08:34 PM #10
      I saw this exact thing happen to a neon at work. I'll ask the guy who owned it tomorrow what the problem turned out to be.
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      07-12-2011 08:34 PM #11
      e-brake cable frozen.

      Look under the car and see if it's the type of e-brake cable that can be unhooked right at the brake caliper. Sometimes they're a little "hammer head" shaped design that you can unhook from the hole it hooks into.

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      07-12-2011 09:24 PM #12
      My wife had an '01 neon when we got married. The rear brake shoes came apart one day when coming down an on ramp resulting in the same issue.

      Sounds like this is common...

    13. 07-12-2011 09:31 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by emmettlodge View Post
      e-brake cable frozen.

      Look under the car and see if it's the type of e-brake cable that can be unhooked right at the brake caliper. Sometimes they're a little "hammer head" shaped design that you can unhook from the hole it hooks into.
      I'm trying to find a google image of the assembly. I'll have to check out a manual or something. Thanks.

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      07-12-2011 09:41 PM #14
      My reaction if I found out that my Neon brakes were locked. WOOHOO I don't have to drive this POS today!!!
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      07-12-2011 11:07 PM #16
      my one friend has a neon, and this happened to him a few weeks ago. I had no idea this was a "thing"

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      07-13-2011 07:20 AM #17
      Sounds like a maintenance issue, could happen to any cheap car with rear drums.

      Get the rear brakes did.
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      07-13-2011 07:58 AM #18
      The piston in the rear caliper is not metal but a composite. I had a '98 Neon R/T and the piston broke in half. Also since it seems that the car is not driven much, rust and dirt may have penetrated the seals and froze the front caliper.

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      07-13-2011 08:04 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by -DWM- View Post
      Sounds like a maintenance issue, could happen to any cheap car with rear drums.

      Get the rear brakes did.
      ^ this.

      Sounds to me like a bunch of low budget car owners haven't performed proper routine maintenance on their 10 year old brakes. You can't blame the car for this, brakes need to be adjusted, cleaned and serviced/replaced regularly. It's not the car's fault or a design flaw.

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