I have a 2003 Subaru Forester, manual transmission, about 117k.
Three weeks ago I go to back up and the car feels like the wheels have seized up, wasn’t able to budge an inch. I couldn’t pull forwards or back. Called the tow truck, brought it to the mechanic and the next day they call and said the rear brakes are almost metal to metal, and that the e-brake pad needs to be replaced as well. So I have that work done and a couple days later the same thing happens. I go to the store and when I go to leave I couldn’t pull forward or back. It felt like the brakes were engaged and if I were to give it too much gas something would break. Called the tow truck again to have it brought back to the mechanic, but this time I couldn’t wait to meet the tow there, so I just left the key with the mechanic (mechanic was only a couple blocks from where I was stuck). The next day the mechanic calls to say that the tow truck driver didn’t have any problem pulling the car onto the tow, and they didn’t have any problem pulling the car into the garage. They put it on the lift and took a look, but couldn’t see anything wrong with it.
I drove it to work and back the next two days and then it happens again. I try to go in reverse and the wheels have seized up. Went back to the car about an hour later and there was no issue. Drove it a couple more days without a problem, then it happened again this evening. This time it begrudgingly pulled forward a couple feet then stopped. Left it there for about an hour, came back and was able to drive it away without issue. When it seized up I couldn’t even push it while in neutral.
What could be causing my car to not want to pull forward or back like this?
Thanks for any clues and help!