Front passenger tire won't Move.

Tiny
FAIRYGIRL
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET MALIBU
I had to park my 2002, Chevy, Malibu for a day while I went out to get a new battery. While the car was sitting the front passenger tire locked up completely. I had my fiance and our neighbor, who worked on semi trucks, look at the brake pads and such. They said the brake pads are working correctly and we are all stumped as to what is causing the tire to not move. I am totally willing to do the work myself I just have no idea what work needs to be done. Please help.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 5:07 PM

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Tiny
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Just so I understand you correctly, when you put the car in DRIVE, the car will not move? Does the car lurch forward while the right front stay immobile? Any further information that you could provide would be helpful.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
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The other tires work fine except the front passenger. When I put it in drive all of the other tires work perfect. The front passenger tire won't move and it leaves a black skid mark on my garage floor.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 9:44 PM
Tiny
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If the brakes on that side are working normally, the problem may lie in the final drive (differential) of your transaxle. My recommendation would disassemble and verify that the brakes are not bound on that side. If they are free and working normally, you may want to consider bringing it to a reputable transmission shop for further diagnosis.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 9:58 PM
Tiny
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If I do need to get it to a shop will driving on the tire while it's locked up affect it in a bad manner? I have the front of the car facing the back of the garage and would need to pull onto the road and turn around to get it towed.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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Parking 1 day didnt cause this was the car pulling to 1 side?Remove the brake caliper and see if it frees up.
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Monday, September 26th, 2011 AT 11:44 PM
Tiny
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Brake caliper is seized remove it and replace, then bleed the system :)
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 11:27 PM

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