Originally Posted by mateo
Thanks for the advice, I'll see what happens if i don't use the e-brake.
Sorry, I just realized that you're from Winterpeg and I had to have a chuckle, thought it was just standard practice out there not to use your e-brake during the winter
Basically, whats causing it is your brakes heat up from use while driving around and they retain a bit of moisture. When you stop and apply the e-brake that moisture freezes the brake shoes to the drums, not a major issue but you just have to torque gently on the them with the engine and they'll pop free, but if you wait a bit before applying your e-brake (to let your brakes cool down first) then they shouldn't stick as much, but sometimes its just inevitable - especially if its been hovering around thaw temps with slushy conditions and it gets really cold out overnight. Thats why I say its better not to use it if safe to do so.
I used to have an issue with that with my rig whenever I parked out there for the night, come in from driving all day and set the parking brakes and go to sleep, wake up to frozen brakes. I also had to learn to stop for a while (about 15 min to let the tires cool off) then roll forward a bit because if I just parked for the night the heat from the tires would thaw a small patch of ice under them and they would sink about 1/2" into the ice, effectively leaving me stuck in the morning. Cars aren't nearly as heavy so its not an issue with them usually, but its just to illustrate why its a good idea to let the vehicle cool off first before shutting it all down and walking away from it for the night, especially in cold climates. Parking in a heated garage also takes care of a good bit of that lol. LR