Rear wheels locked up - Nissan Altima 2004 - cannot get rear brake rotors off

My car won't move from my driveway - rear wheels stuck and won't rotate - cannot get the brake rotors off

Hi Scotty, my Nissan Altima 2004 was parked for a while in my driveway and when I went to drive it the rear wheels were stuck meaning if I try to drive forward they drag, as if frozen up. This is a front-wheel drive car with manual transaxle and front and rear disc brakes. The front is fine (the engine rotates the front wheels if I jack up the front end).

I raised the rear of the car and put it on two jack stands and released the parking brake, removed the brake calipers and caliper brackets but still, neither rear wheel will rotate. The car is in neutral and I even disconnected the negative battery cable. I can wiggle the rear wheels left and right about half an inch but something is preventing them from turning (metal clanking sound - stops rotation). I fear the parking brake is stuck on, even though it is released inside the cabin. I cannot reach the parking brake adjuster with a screwdriver through the holes in the brake rotors because the holes are not lined up to where the adjusters are and I cannot rotate the wheels to get the holes in the right place. I am at a loss as to how to get these rear brake rotors off. I pull and pull and they won't come off. I thought maybe the rotors were rusted frozen onto the wheel hub, but if that was all there was to it, I should still be able to rotate the wheels freely around and around but they won't do that.

There is no rear axle, and no rear differential. There seems to be no way to release the parking brake cable any further behind the knuckle and wheel hub. I'm not sure even cutting the parking brake cable would help if there is something frozen inside of the rotors. After several days of trying to get the rotors off I'm really frustrated and stuck. Advice?

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alloyd
alloyd

I ended up cutting the rotors off! Time consuming but it worked.

alloyd
alloyd

Thanks Scotty - I will try heat and pounding.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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parking brakes are probably rusted on solid. Guys like me heat the inside of the rotors red hot with torches then get a sledge hammer and try to break em loose that way. Realize you probably will be buying new parts anyway when rusted that bad