Q: Back wheels do not freely spin when vehicle is jacked.

asked by on

I got new tires put on last week. Then I wanted to do an alignment, so I went in and had another shop do a wheel alignment. After the alignment, the mechanic brought me to my car while it was jacked up, and showed me that both the back wheels did not spin freely and he said I should get that checked out and fixed before driving too much. He said it could possibly be a brake issue but offered no further details. There are some small squeaks occasionally when I brake, but no other noises or shakes noticeable.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. There are two possible source of this issue; either the parking brake is stuck; causing the brakes to engage at all times, or the wheel bearings are damaged. A professional mobile mechanic can complete a rear wheel inspection for you if you’d like; which will verify what is causing this issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Back wheels do not freely spin when vehicle is jacked.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: The engine keeps shutting off and rpms slowly drop to zero

Hello. If the RPMs drop off right as the engine is stalling then the most common cause of this is a bad crankshaft position sensor. This sensor tells the engine computer what the engine RPM speed is and what...

Q: Check engine light came on and oil gauge at 0. But digital dash reading shows 58% life remaining. Oil level is good. Bad sensor?

Hi Megan. Thanks for contacting us today. If the check engine light has come on, this could indicate an oil pump failure, or oil sensor issue. In order to correctly diagnose the root issue, an on-site inspection would be required....

Q: My 97 yukon turns over but doesn't start I took the fuel pump it's not that

You will need to have the computer scanned to see if you are getting a crankshaft and camshaft sensor signal and giving the ignition spark. If not then replace the sensor that is not giving the signal so your engine...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...