my car will drive fine in drive gears but in reverse once i get going tires lock feels like if i hit a brick wall

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Asked by Apr 10, 2013 at 09:21 PM about the 2003 Ford Focus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

like after 8 feet in reverse it happens

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I don't have a clue but that sounds really strange.

did you allow the car to come to a stop 0 mph before switching into reverse? you may have put some pressures where they don't belong~

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yes just did clucth and cv joints and just happens in reverse

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he hasn't got enough fluid in there!

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check your rear brake shoes ,sounds like their loose from the backing plate

hey jim, where ya been?

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checked back brakes and jacked rear up with car off and wheels spin freely

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Is it the front wheels or the rears? It's a brake shoe dragging if it's the rears. It could be something with the transmission if it's the front wheels.

I agree with your assessment 7jimmy7, m'boy, the brakes would simply ratchet to a dead stop, application of the brakes would free up the lock~

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when i jacked front up and put in reverse it didnt lock up so think its in rear

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yes manual

you wouldn't put a guy in there, jack it up have him or her punch the brake to witness the behavior in reverse?...that might help~

help to narrow it down, drum brakes are a little fussy and may misbehave, seen them ratchet all the way to one side because the machinist was careless with turning and put a screw thread on there by mistake...so yes if any work has been done on your drum brakes would be most suspicious~

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did that seemed to be fine never stopped or locked up

it's not the brakes, sorry 7jim.

the eight feet is a curious characteristic~

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spinning free is not like driving ,back up without touching brakes and prove if brake lock , still a handbrake dragging might cause, got to pull drums and inspect shoes at rear

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looked at drums and done alot of work on cars and this has got me dont seem like brakes are the cause it roles a few feet and locks up car slams to a stop feels like you hit a wall

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We have 2 of these going on at the same time, this and tigergirl with an almost identical thing

When you put your car in reverse and back up your brake shoes rotate back That way your brake adjuster adjust. You may need new new brake shoes they are wearing down that gives them to much play and wheel cylinder comes out to much make them hang up. be sure you put short end of shoe on back you replace

i have a chevy mailbu and when i put my car in reverse it go but when i put it in drive it lock the wheel then i have to cut off my car to get it to go

its a 2005

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