Car feels like the parking brake is on when it isn't

Asked by Nov 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM about the 1997 Ford Ranger XL Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a '97 Ford Ranger with manual transmission. Little less than a month ago I had the main drive shaft bearing replaced. Just yesterday I noticed that if my truck has been sitting for more than 20 minutes, when I put it into 1st it almost feels like the parking break is on and I have to overcome it to get moving. Nothing bad happens in reverse, and after I get going that first time I don't notice a problem at all. When I do get going, there's no grinding, no squeeling, no noise whatsoever to indicate something isn't moving freely - just that sense of the brakes being on.... Is this something with the new bearing that'll work itself out, or do I have a problem here?

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I would check the easy stuff just to make sure. Trans fluid level, brake hardware, diff fluid level. After that, Id let the shop that did the bearing worry about it.

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Maybe the parking brake is on and loosens up as you drive and it warms up. Did you inspect the rear brakes?

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