1997 Ford Taurus Q&A

1997 Ford Taurus Question: 2002 taurus rear passenger side wheel locked up

The car had been sitting for months and after replacing starter and new battery the rear right wheel is locked up in either forward or reverse. It just slides on the driveway macadem when pressing accellerator. I haven't been able to unloosen the lug nuts yet to remove the wheel and check it. -
Answer 1
need to get the wheel off it is disc brakes i assume so your caliper is problly locked up a little WD-40 and a smack with a hammer or mallet might jar it loose -
Comment 1
Thanks for your response. You're right about the hammer, a few taps and it broke loose. As for the disc brakes I think it has shoes on the rear but didn't take the hub off to see. I'm pretty sure 2002 taurus had rear brake shoes but I'll find out soon. Thanks again for your help and I'll keep this site in mind as well as suggesting it for my friends. .......... Bill -
Comment 2
thank you -
Comment 3
Probaly has shoes.You could tell without removing the wheel whether it's disc or drum brakes. If drums,it might be a real bear to remove the drum,if the brake cylinder is frozen in the brakes applied position.I can see where it might be necessary to cut it off in sections.At the least, a puller might work. -
Comment 4
I got the wheel freed up and things seem to be ok, but I'm not yet sure if I can remove the drum if and when that becomes necessary. I haven't given it a test drive because I'm waiting to get some fresh gas and I'm going to add stp to stabilize the old fuel. This car had set undriven for nearly a year and I'm getting it ready for inspection and emmisions. I replaced a bad starter and put in a new battery. I also had to replace the passenger side mirror that was broken off from hitting a roadsign. If I need any new brake pads or shoes I'll leave that up to the garage to decide. I'll be test driving it today or tomorrow to see if everything is operating as it should. Thanks again for your input and I welcome any thoughts and/or suggestions that you may have. Bill -