2003 Nissan Altima - Brake Problem


#1

Hello,



I recently got back from a 1 week vacation. My car sat in the hot airport parking lot all week. When I started it up and accelerated, it didn’t move but tried to lurch forward as if the emergency brake was on. I checked the brake to make sure it was off, tried again, and still was stuck. I accelerated hard, heard a loud “thump” and finally was moving. Now, when I decelerate, my brakes “pulse” where they were fine before. What the heck could’ve happened with my car just sitting there? It’s a 5-speed manual if that makes any difference… I left it in 1st gear, but didn’t have the emergency brake engaged while it sat. I also checked to see if anyone hit my car in the parking lot, but it looks fine. Could it have something to do with the very hot (90+) and humid temperatures in Cincinnati last week? Any help is greatly appreciated!



Thanks,



Andy


#2

Sitting for a week should resulted in only some surface rust on the rotors, which would have been scraped off very quickly.

Brakes are nothing to fool with. Get them checked, pronto.


#3

Heat and humidity accelerate rusting. On Guam we could almost HEAR rust form! Sounds like the spots where the pads were now have a different coefficient of friction than the rest of the discs.

I agree with NYBo, get this checked and corrected. Brakes are nothing to fool with. You may just need new rotors.


#4

While I agree with both mountain and NYBo I suspect that just driving it and using the brakes will clear it up. At most I suspect you will need a easy re-service of the two rotors that the parking brake works on.

The problem is that brakes are so important, I can’t recommend not getting it checked out by a professional As Soon As Possible and drive there carefully. At most it will mean a couple of new rotors.