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Nguyen_E30
01-24-2010, 03:05 PM
Okay, just a quick scenerio. My car has been sitting on my driveway since december 1st. It is currently in 1st gear with no ebrake enganged. Today, I sat in it and put the car in neutral and the car stayed still. Usually it rolls back because my driveway has a bit of a slant to it.

Does this mean my brakes are seized? They do seem fairly rusted at the moment.

Ceeker
01-24-2010, 03:11 PM
If the car sits for a time, typically bmw rotors get surface rust. put the car in 1st gear after releasing the e-brake and give a bit of gas or reverse depending on which way your car is facing. It should break loose. Drive it for a bit with some hard braking and the rust will disappear. Now if the rust has caused pitting on the rotors, you'll most likely be in for a brake job. Also, you'll know if you need new brakes by the way the car behaves. If you get brake shudder or poor stopping power then this is a good sign you'll need new rotors and pads.

Mad Cow
01-24-2010, 03:18 PM
Yup, most likely surface rust. Good thing you didn't pull the e-brake, those have a tendency to get stuck if you let the car sit with it engaged for a long time.

Nguyen_E30
01-24-2010, 03:25 PM
Alright, thanks guys. Planning to do a brake job come spring. So all is well :)

slemmer
01-24-2010, 11:56 PM
Watch the pistons too. Those can get seized as well.