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Front Brakes locked up?

I have no idea what is wrong with my truck and need some help.

I went to the fitness center an when i got there the front of my truck smelt burnt, when i went to leave later---

My front tires are locked?

When I try to drive the back tires spin on the ice and the front tires do not want to spin. I can go in reverse but I feels like the front tires really dont want to go. I put my truck in N to see if it would roll (on a hill) and it wont move

a day earlier my truck slid down the icy drive way with the E brake on, into the middle of the road in the middle of the night?

If I were to put it in 4 hi I can get it to move, but it like it being forced to go.

Any help on what it could be would be great or how to unlock the brakes if that is what it is


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what year is your truck and all that we need more info
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Open a bleeder on one front caliper.
Try moving the truck a little ,AND DON'T touch the brake pedal.
If it seems to move like it should , the problem is most likely the master cylinder.
Don't forget to retighten the bleeder.
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its stuck on a hill, so i cant really test anything and not be able to stop it
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put a block of wood about 3 inches in front of your tire
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I would prefer to chain up to another truck uphill from it before I crawled under it and started messing with things that may be holding it in place.
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yea im not doing it with the road iced over.

do you all just think the brakes are locked and not something else, those break go 20k or less on them

If I could dump this ranger i would in a heart beat what a constant problem
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How do you know its the brakes? and not the front differential?
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if its the breaks or the front diff you should of heard some kinda strange noise with something like that going on
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How far of drive is it to get the truck home? If you think its the front brakes you could try to loosen the bleeder screws on the front and see if the truck will move. You could drive it home like this but you'd only have rear brakes, so you'd want to be careful.
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Its sitting on the other side of town, i left it hahaha

the truck can go in reverse, (sort of) would the front differential allow for the truck to go in reverse but not forward---- or not roll in (N)---or smell burnt after driving it ??

I feel if i really gave it some gas or put it in 4 hi it would go and drag the breaks, but i really dont want to push it to hard

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update, got it to the shop towed, the tow guy got it to move but the front did not really want to move and now the rear tire is locked which was not before

if its the E brake will if go in reverse easier than forward???
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update, got it to the shop towed, the tow guy got it to move but the front did not really want to move and now the rear tire is locked which was not before

if its the E brake will if go in reverse easier than forward???
Well if the fronts are locked too, its not the E-brake. It could be moving easier in reverse because reverse is usually geared lower.
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Fords are noted for the brakes locking up, usually if they sit for a while but until you take the thing apart you will not know.

Get it in a garage, borrowed or paid for, and take a look at it, tow it if necessary.

Might be water has gotten in and froze things up.

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