Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: Forester
Brakes Lock Up Randomly...
I purchased a used 2003 Subaru Forester about 5 months ago from a used car dealership and have started experiencing problems with the brakes. The first time happened about a month ago or so. I was driving around, came to a stop at a stop light, when it turned green, I tried to go, but my car would not move. The wheels were completely locked up, couldn't go forward or reverse. I wasn't being hard on the brakes or anything. At first I thought the transmission may have gone out, but after taking it back to the dealership, they informed me that it was the calipers (or something to that effect) on the front brakes. They informed me that they replaced some parts on the front brakes and that if it locked up again, to just "grind" them a bit (not sure what they were talking about). Anyway, long story short, it has happened several times since the repairs.
One thing to note is that I live in New Mexico and it gets quite hot down here and the days that it has locked up have been pretty hot days. My assumption is that the brake pads are possibly swelling up and locking the rotar into place. I'm not really sure on this though and was wondering if this has happened to anyone else with a Forester or if I just got a lemon from the dealership and their brake job fix was crap.
If anyone has any suggestions on what to do, I would be greatly appreciative.