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#1 88xt6joe

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:07 PM

I have an 88 gl wagon and the other day going down the road the right front wheel locked up and skid the car to a complete stop, it will not move at all(even in four wheel drive). My question is do you think the brakes locked up or that the cv joint may have broke and locked it up? I'm going to tear into it in either Fri. or Sat. as soon as I can figure out how to get it into the garage.

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:39 PM

Originally posted by moparbarney
I have an 88 gl wagon and the other day going down the road the right front wheel locked up and skid the car to a complete stop, it will not move at all(even in four wheel drive). My question is do you think the brakes locked up or that the cv joint may have broke and locked it up? I'm going to tear into it in either Fri. or Sat. as soon as I can figure out how to get it into the garage.

Thanks, Joe

sounds like you locked up the front diff..
any strange noises before this?
the like to lock up when theres no oil in em :(

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:40 PM

Methinks you'll find out the answer to that question within 5 minutes of getting it into the garage. Might as well wait till then to find out what kind of job you've got.

It might be obvious when you get it in a warm, dry garage with a light. Anyway, jack it up and try to turn the wheel by hand. If the brake is locked up, you'll have only 1/8" or so of play in the wheel. If it's the CV joint you should have more than 1/2" of play -- besides, it'll probably make appropriate noises.

I can't imagine a CV locking up unless the boot's torn and a rock jumped in.....

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#4 MilesFox

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 04:58 AM

check the fluid level for the font diff.
on automatics there is a separate tube for front diff, uses gear oil

i have seen a rear diff that ran out of oil, locked up. but it rolled after it cooled off.

check and fill the fluid, check for leaks. if the car rolls now, the diff got hot from lack of oil

i highly doublt its axles or bearing.

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 10:30 AM

Happened to me once and it was the outer wheel bearing. The chase just about fused itself to the spindle. I broke it free with a pipe wrench, cleaned up the spindle with some fine abrasive paper and replaced bearing. Back in business!

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 05:52 PM

I pulled it in the garage this afternoon and it is the brakes the first thing that happened after I pulled the wheel off was the brake pad fell on the floor. The rotor looks pretty bad but I hope I can use the old caliper. Thanks for all the replys.

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 06:20 PM

Have somebody mail you a used caliper or head for a junkyard. I wouldn't take my chances with that.

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 06:30 PM

about 6 months ago i had the same thing happen to my '79 brat i stood on the brakes real hard, they locked up good. The nice part was i had a broken front axle so we were running in "rear" / 4WD,
and i was about one and a half miles away from my house. after that the tire was no good and the bead of the wheel was nicly ground down. It was pretty cool. Just thought i would add my story for fun.


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Posted 19 December 2003 - 08:48 PM

Could I get a rebuild kit for the caliper? Do you really think it won't work? Just asking because I have no idea.

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Posted 19 December 2003 - 11:15 PM

For the price VS. labor you'd be better off just getting a rebuild or used caliper. The job will go much faster and even if your wallet doesn't thankyou your hands will. (did that come out right?)



How about the good old Hill Holder lock up. I had this happen on my 85 BRAT in a flat parking lot. It was only RWD drive so I burned the tires with the car going sideways all the way to the road, luckly it releasd when I pushed the clutch back in.:D

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 10:53 AM

Thanks for all the replys. I going to tear into the rest of it today and get the rotor and stuff off I hope to get it back going before x-mas.

Joe

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 02:16 PM

I need a breaker bar!!!!! I got the caliper off(which is shot by the way) and took off the one brake pad that was left. But I can't get the 2 bolts out that hold the brake pad holder on and with out doing that I can't get the rotor off. This stinks!!!!!!:mad:

Joe




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