Rear wheel seized safe to move?

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    Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    Hi I have a 97 intrepid that has been sitting for a year. It's rear wheel is seized and I moved it around a little to try and free it up as well as banging on it lightly with hammer. Is it safe to give it a good move on to the road to try and free up the wheel or can something break inside the drum? Thanks, John.

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    Re: Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    try to take out the drum if banging and moving forward and back won't free it

    I mean you can't go out and drive it at 90 km/h...

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    Re: Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    Quick funny story...

    A Mazda dealer was bought out and they were clearing out all the old junk in the back lot. There was a mid-'80s Turbo LeBaron I tried to buy the year before but they told me a wholesaler bought it and therefore owned it and they could not sell it to me even for parts. Well now it was "drag it outta here and it's yours" so me and my friends snatched up anything that ran for our own demolition derby. The LeBaron was a parts car for me. It had a busted fuel line and seizied rear wheel so it wasn't demo derby worthy anyway. So we hauled it up on a borrowed car trailer pulled by a borrowed Explorer. We strapped it down and drove it to my house. Parked on the road put the ramps on. went to unhook it and the cheap-ass tie downs were bent. Instead of U-shaped they were all now L-shaped and barely that. They were hardly holding anything, then after we were looking at these crappy tie-downs the damn car rolled off the trailer! Me and my buddy had to chase it down my street! The wheel unseized itself on the 10-min drive home.

    So my suggestion is to borrow a car trailer and drive the Intrepod around for a little while and see how it goes.

    But I'd try to take the drum off and see why it's seized. A friend of mine had the shoe break off his rear brakes on a Contour last week. Driving it around a bit wasn't going to help that one.
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    Re: Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    i dont plan on taking it for a drive with the seized wheel just my driveway it doesnt seem to cause much friction so i wanted to move it out to the road... is there a chance of it breaking if i do that?

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    Re: Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    Quote Originally Posted by jkmichaud View Post
    i dont plan on taking it for a drive with the seized wheel just my driveway it doesnt seem to cause much friction so i wanted to move it out to the road... is there a chance of it breaking if i do that?
    That all depends on what is seized and we don't know. It could work and free it up. It might not. I would probably do it though, but I would pullt he wheel off first to see if I could find it that way.

    You could end up with a flat spot on your tire.
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    Re: Rear wheel seized safe to move?

    you won't break anything by moving it. Sounds like rust has taken over. You may get it to break free by rocking the car on asphalt. If that doesn't work,you'll need a brake spoon and back the brake off. The worst it could be is a bad wheel bearing.

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