First time listener & caller but I’m in a pickle so please let me sing you the song of our 2014 Buick Enclave:
It’s been a great car. That said, twice in the last two weeks the following has happened to my wife: the car seemed normal, she was parked or stopped, she tried to move and our Enclave was stuck. The (front) brakes seemed to be engaged. The first time it happened, she was driving up a small hill and stopped at a stop sign, only to find out that she couldn’t get moving again. At least without significant power. She applied power, smelled brakes and wound up running out of fuel trying to get to our car guys. Had the car towed to the shop. No codes. No theories.
It happened again last Thursday evening (President’s Weekend) but resolved itself… magically, quickly [or something]. We were headed on a weekend trip and I was adamant that we not drive with brake issues. Given the infrequency of the issue and the fact that it seemed to clear itself up, I relented, we were unlikely to get stuck, etc, and we drove the car to Western MA. All was fine.
Sunday morning in Western MA: I warmed up the car and backed it out of three family vacation home rental’s driveway/parking-space; then drove a bit forward to point the car towards the driveway exit (so that everyone could load their gear and person into the car and we could haul ass to the slopes). Bags were loaded. Wife and kids loaded up. I put the car in drive, applied a bit of power and the car did nothing but rock back-forth over its wheels (maybe an inch of forward movement). Switched back to park, turned the car off, turned it on, back to drive, power, etc, once or twice and nothing. I think the brake pedal may not have been raising during this period. Turned the car off, then on, left it in park as the chaos of 3 families on vacation together in crisis swirled around me.
Relocate my wife and kids to other families’ cars. Much time spent discussing logistics, are you okay?, etc. Fine. I’ll just take the car to a service center which is open on Sunday and meet y’all wherever. They pull out of the driveway; I put the car in drive, took my foot off of the brake and followed them . A storm of WTF text messages followed (before I turned off to head to the brake shop).
I went to the highly recommended, and open on Sundays, Monro Muffler and Brake of Pittsfield, MA. Great folks, but no codes and no hypotheses. And thankfully no willingness to spend my money on wild goose chases. Technician even commented on the great feel of the brake pedal.
Drove 3 hours home to NJ the next day. All was fine.
Wife took the car to a Buick dealer today. They inspected it. They drove it. Clean bill of health.
If Click-and-Clack were still on, I’d call in. But they aren’t, so I ask you, dear reader, what could possibly cause this issue with our car’s brakes? The best guess of the fellow at Monro was the ABS pump. Other than that, we have no idea (after taking the car to be inspected three times). 1,000 Internet points to whomever posts the best or most creative answer!