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Car been sitting, locked up rear disc, how do I free it?

Wife's car was replaced earlier this year and her old car has sat for a few months outside before I had time to sell it. Just gave it the monthly checkup, and noticed that the driver's side rear disc has locked up due to rust.

Any thoughts on how to free up the disc? Brake cleaner and brute force?

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i started to have this problem after i got my brakes replaced.

i gunned it and now i know for sure i have awd.
i hear the brakes draggin on the roter sometimes. got them done right before my warranty was up.

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Car is going up for sale, just need the wheel to move, I can drag the brakes for a mile or so to clear the shit off, the next owner can deal with rotor replacement when they feel like it.

It's a honda accord, so no power to the rear wheels. :-(

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Damn, locked up after a few months in the summer? Lame.

WD-40 the sh*t out of it.

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locked up so the wheel doesn't spin or just making noise due to the surface rust on the rotor??

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The car is FWD, the rear wheel is locked, it just pushes the tire across the driveway, kinda funny really, just that one point is locked up. FWIW, the emergency brake was NOT engaged when it was parked.

I'm hesitant to use WD40 for fear of ruining the brake pads, is this the case or am I being overly cautious?

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If the pad is rusted to the disc then you're not going to hurt it by using WD-40. If there is some residual spray on the pad once you've unlocked it take the car for a drive and let the pad/disc grind it off.

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Haha, this or a towstrap to the wheel and the pickup is my last resort.

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If the pad is rusted to the disc then you're not going to hurt it by using WD-40. If there is some residual spray on the pad once you've unlocked it take the car for a drive and let the pad/disc grind it off.
Good point, will try that tonight.

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Don't use wd40 try going back and forward with ur car if that doesn't work take ur wheel off and do a brake job but put old parts back on

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put some fat chicks in the back seat for traction, maybe one in the trunk too, then drive it, that wheel will turn eventually
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Just drop it into gear and go . If that doesnt do it , rock it back and forth between D and R.
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pull the wheel
pull the caliper
spin rotor---bearings ok...goood
push pads back
reinstall caliper
reinstall wheel
pump brakes
done

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pull the wheel
pull the caliper
spin rotor---bearings ok...goood
push pads back
reinstall caliper
reinstall wheel
pump brakes
done

he shouldn't need to push the pads back. If he does, it would only have to be .002"
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he shouldn't need to push the pads back. If he does, it would only have to be .002"
when is the last time you reinstalled a caliper onto a disc with pads in it?

its a bitch if you dont open up the pad gap

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If the caliper is seized to the point that the car is literally dragging the tire across my driveway, there's no way in hell I'm going to have the hand strength to remove the caliper.

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rubber mallet will knock it off
ive been thru this with demo derby cars

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Roger, I'll see if the easy rocking back and forth thing works, if not, I'll give it a "whack".

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You probably don't even have to take the caliper off. Take off the wheel, stick a screwdriver through the hole in the top of the caliper, pry against the rotor and caliper to slide the caliper towards the outside of the car which will push the piston back in. Then pry or hammer against the pads to unstick them from the rotor. Reinstall wheel. Drive car to remove rust buildup from rotor. Sell car to some sucker who will surely have a brake pulsation within 1000 miles. Done.
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when is the last time you reinstalled a caliper onto a disc with pads in it?

its a bitch if you dont open up the pad gap

everyday.

He isn't putting new pads in, hence no requirement to push the caliper piston in any further than required.
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