Q: Wheels lock up and have to cool down before driving again.

asked by on

The wheels on my car lock up after driving it about 10 miles and have to cool down before the car will move again. I have had the brake system updated extensively.

Hi, If you have had a brake master cylinder or brake booster installed recently the problem may be due to the installer not adjusting the push rod on the brake booster. The push rod may be pushing on the master cylinder a little bit. This could cause the brakes to not fully release. After driving the brake fluid starts to heat up and expand putting even more pressure on the brakes until they overheat and lock up. My recommendation would be to check to see if brakes are dragging and adjust the brake booster push rod or the brake pedal linkage. The brakes now have been overheated and there could be heat damage to the rotors, pads and calipers. I have seen the brakes catch fire when badly overheated. Have a qualified technician do a complete brake inspection and diagnosis.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Wheels lock up and have to cool down before driving again.

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: Q: The car cut off

Hello. The car model will help us narrow down what to look for. Are there any lights that turn on on the dash when starting the car? Do any interior lights turn on? If nothing turns on, there is an...

Q: Can a mechanic crack a rim while changing a tire?

Hi Adeline. Thanks for contacting us tonight. With today's tire changing machines, cracking a rim during removal and installation is incredibly difficult to do - however, it is possible. If the tire is busted off the bead (which is a...

Q: my car makes a sound like rocks rolling when i place car into drive cannot hear when in park on under load

It seems you have two separate problems. The "rocks rolling around a tin can" sound is most commonly from the exhaust system. Possibly a broken / loose baffle in the muffler or resonator. Most commonly would be a heat shield...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...