2007 Dodge Caravan Brake lock

Tiny
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  • 2007 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 21,000 MILES
I have a 2007 dodge caravan. The car has been parked for quite some time. I don't drive it often. Recently, I tried to drive it but the car would'nt move. It seems like the brake were locked. I had to hit on the gas continuously for the car to move only a few meters. It seems like the brakes were making harder for car to advance. The same thing also happened when I tried to back the car.

I have been using my keyless remote to lock and unlock the car.
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 4:31 PM

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Tiny
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If the parking brake is dry or stuck this will happen. Never at two years, but possible. I hope it is just a sticking cable. OK Joe
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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How can I fix it? The car has been parked most of the winter, spring and summer. I only drove it like 8 times in almost 10 months. Everything else is working well.
Some dealers mecs have said it might have been the break fluid but I checked it is full. Some have said to continue forcing driving it and the brakes might unlocked. Not sure who to believe anymore. One thing is for sure, when I hit repeatedly on the gas, the car moves but one can clearly sees that the brakes are keeping it from going the normal way.

Thank you
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 8:52 AM
Tiny
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Do you have ABS systen, or no. Are the fronts locking also or just because you applied, the parking brake it started. I will check later.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 12:06 PM
Tiny
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I have ABS. The front and back are locking. When I try to back the car up, I have to press on the gas for the car to back up and when I was to drive forward, I have to do the same. So when I keep on pressing, the car advances or backs up but it's like squeezing on the tires, like when the brakes are on and someone tries to drive.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 12:17 PM
Tiny
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DON'T TRY TO UNLOCK THE WHEELS WITH THE GAS PEDAL. This is what to do. Get an alternate ride. Call around for Chrysler advice in your area, tow it to the most accessable and friendly and willing place.
Do not operate like this. Thank-you. It is completely towable.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:03 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. I called around and spoke with car dealer mechanics such as Chrysler and was told to try to unlock it by driving like that. Some told me to check the break fluid and that it was not a major issue.
Now you're telling me to call the friendly Chrysler people:). They are the ones who suggested that I follow that procedure.
I wanted to have a 2nd opinion:) before towing it to a Chrysler dealership.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:10 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome. I don't want to see any one in any fix, if they in any way are not telling you or giving you advice, that helps you feel they care, keep on checking around. After Chrysler has been so down, they just closed and put many dealers on restriction. If all brakes are locking, your safety in a driving situation is a major concern to me. And I have been giving Chrysler everything I have since 1981. Now no one is happy with Chryslers service. Here in the east, they have closed 2 thirds of their dealerships, forcing all the experienced service people to seek work else where.
I know that its tough to find help. If I thought for one minute, that forcing the pads to unlock was all that was wrong, you would know. This is not because of a fluid issue. This is not a normal situation. If gassing it, locked up would help, you never would have wrote.
Your speaking with a person in service, but any technician knows, ABS is not prone to applying pressure. Any rust or dirt would free right up with horsepower applied. Keep calling around. A brake shop m, ay know more then a dealer whetre at one time, the brake shop brought their ABS work. Since I can't feel it, I would rather be safe than sorry. If ABS locked up constsntly, I would have seen 1 in all these years. I hope there is not a transmission problem, as it is difficult to tell the difference on the ground. It has to be off the wheels, where a determination is proved. Safety issue.
If you have no warning lamps on, and you are secure, try and free them up, I'm sure you have. If just rears, ok but all wheels, no. Its has its own diadnostics, computer, and many valves, fluid problems would cause insufficient braking. You spoke with someone who is un aware of how it operates.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 2:53 PM

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