Tire won't budge

jetta
volkswagen

#1

Why won’t the rear drivers side tire move? It seems frozen in place and I’m afraid to rev the engine too much for fear of breaking something!


#2

Is the parking brake on? It may be frozen (or rusted) in place if the car sat for an extended time.


#3

…Or a frozen caliper


#4

It’s the E-brake or a wheel bearing…How old is your Jetta? How many miles??


#5

This is a 5-speed 1998 Jetta with 118,000 mi. The parking brake is off, the brakes were replaced about 3 months ago, but it was driven through rain then parked for 10 days. How would I unstick the parking brake?


#6

First try backing up then going forward a few times. Sometimes this will pop the stuck brake loose. Failing that, jack up the car and remove the wheel and see if the E-brake cable and lever are working properly. Next, using two big screw drivers or small pry bars, try to move the caliper a little, releasing the brake…If it has drum brakes, give the drum a few whacks with a heavy lead or brass mallet…Failing that, have the car towed to a repair shop…