1996 Lexus ES 300

Brakes problem
1996 Lexus ES 300 Front Wheel Drive Automatic 70000 miles

96 Lexus ES300, kid puts on the parking brake and then backs out of driveway. As he attempts to pull away in forward he recognizes the brake is on and releases it Notices burning smell and grinding noise during 5 mile drive. Afterwards I'm told " Hey Dad, something's wrong with the Lexus". Nice.

Car moves in reverse, no problem. When moving forward, front wheels turn, but rear tires alternate getting locked up. Rears may make half a rotation then freeze.

Car spends its nights outside in freezing temps. We had an ice storm last night. The brake issue occurs 20 minutes after the car was started for the first time today.

Beside teaching the teen to park it when he's got a problem like this, any one have any suggestions, and if so is it a DIY solution?


February 7, 2008.

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