My brakes have been grinding for awhile and I am trying to make them last long enough to get money for pads and rotors. However, on my way to work today, when I applied the brakes I didn't think my vehicle was going to stop. After it finally did stop there was a noise like a crunch. After this the grinding stopped and the brake was squishy with no resistance, and I had to press it the whole way in to slow down. After a bit they started grinding again, louder than ever, shaking the car and the resistance in the pedal was back. I had friends meet me at work tonight to follow me home very slowly. When I tried to park along the curb, it was rumbling and squealing and when I tried to back up it wouldn't move. I could move forward but not backward. I put it in neutral and they tried to push it backward and it wouldn't move. So now it's parked with the rear end sticking out and a note on the dash explaining what happened. Any ideas what is wrong that I can't go backwards even in neutral? I can go forward but not backward. I really need to get my car parked legally and can't do that without backing up. I don't know what's wrong.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 AT 9:47 PM