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craigjohnson 11-05-2012 04:25 PM

Rear Wheels Seized
Hey everyone, I am new to this forum and would like to thank everyone in advance for any advice that they can give me. Ok well I bought a 2002 bmw 325i a few months ago and was driving it around for a couple weeks, had it all checked out and it is in perfect shape certified and e-tested. I parked it about a month ago while I was selling my old car and now I have some issues. My rear wheels seem to be seized, I start it up and put it in gear (automatic) and the car rolls about an inch and sort of rears up if you understand what I mean, I found this thread,, and the individual seems to be having the same problem however for some reason my e-brake light is on in yellow as well and goes red if I apply the break. Also the light that idicates that the traction control is off is on as well in yellow. Any thoughts on how I should proceed, I am just rather taken aback at how being parked for a month can cause so many issues.

T.Dot_E30 11-05-2012 05:07 PM

Sounds like the parking brakes might have seized up.

If your a DIY'er I would take the rear brakes apart and see what's damaged. If not your best bet is to have it towed to a Mechanic.

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1bmw1 11-06-2012 09:51 PM

Might be your e-brake cables that seized. As T.Dot stated, just take them apart and check them out, or take them into a shop. There's really no other easy fix for this.

bmdbley'sBro 11-07-2012 01:14 AM

on the e36 (92-99) the pins going into the backing plate, that hold it all in place (shoes, springs) rust out & break causing seizure.

Bimmer Heaven 11-07-2012 02:02 AM

I've seen in a hundred times; the ebrake is seized, (not the cable). They DONT like to sit! lol Best thing to do is leave it OFF if you are not using it. Take the wheels off, a few hits with a hammer on the rotor (hub part) will free it up in most cases! *th-up*

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