Nissan Sentra 2003 - Car not moving?

Tiny
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When I got the car. I had it auto inspected at a car dealer to fix any problem it had. Everything was running fine until 3 months later when I started it up and put it into reverse. The car won't move? Then I tried putting it into drive and nothing happened. I even gave it a bit of gas and nothing happen while the engine was running. My E-brake isn't on and nothing is blocking the tires. Could this be that brake pads are sticking to the back and front wheels?
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 6:24 AM

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Tiny
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Although the e-brake lever is in the released postion, it doesn't mean the cables are still not stuck on. That would be the most likely cause.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 8:02 AM
Tiny
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So should I try turning the E-brake on and then turn it off? If that doesn't fix the problem then what should I do.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 1:29 PM
Tiny
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You need to get to the cables that go into the rear brakes.

Before you do that. Tell me this: Does the engine just rev up as if it was in park OR Does the engine act like it wants to move but is being prevented-like you are stepping on the brake while you are accelerating?

If it is the second, I would have been off on the brake thought and would lean towards a cv joint or transmission problem.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 3:07 PM
Tiny
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No, it acts like its still in park mode. The engine doesn't rev or want to move. When I shift it to drive or reverse it act a bit same. When I give it some gas nothing beside the engine reving up. I even tried turn on the e-brake and turning it off incase it was wire problems but it didn't help.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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Okay, here is what you want to look for:
There are two cv shafts that come out from the transmission to each wheel on the front. Look at each joint-there are 4. Look for a boot that is torn.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/30961_nisdr_1.jpg



This is good explaination of CV shafts:
http://www.aa1car.com/library/2004/bf100434.htm

If you find a torn boot, you probably have located your problem in which case you'll need to replace that axle.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 3:46 PM
Tiny
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I found out what the problem was. I had a friend come over to take a look and it turns out that taking a car out of winter that hasn't been used for a while made the break pads stick. He rev it and came out moving. I didn't think my cars break pad would stick when not in use. Is there anything to prevent this from happening for over winter cars in the garage?

Thanks for your guys help.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 3:55 PM
Tiny
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This is one of those situations that being there would be much easier. Anyways, By starting and moving the car every week or two would help that situation.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 4:13 PM

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