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Loud "breaking" sound after being parked for a while

Specifically I have a 1998 Honda Civic Si.

Sometimes when I get into the car (after it being parked for multiple hours), when I pull away I hear a breaking kind of sound from the rear passenger tire area. Usually happens when it's cold or raining I've noticed, not really in hot or warm weather.

Sometimes when I'm trying to reverse out of my driveway, the car lifts up on that same side of and won't move back, despite no foot on the brake, parking brake off and in reverse. I'll shift the car into Drive and it'll move forward with the same loud breaking kind of noise, then I can reverse fine. I thought maybe my brakes weren't disengaging properly? I took it to a mechanic but they couldn't find anything.

Also this only happens after it's been sitting for hours, never when I'm stopped at a light or whatever. Any ideas?

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Hi,

Do you have the parking brake applied when you leave it parked? If so try (if you can safely) leaving it parked in "Park" with no hand brake applied and see if it happens when you go to leave. Try not to do this on a hill or slope as it will apply the weight of the car onto the parking pin in the transmission.

If it doesn't stick this will prove that it is the brakes that are sticking.

Not sure of your model but it can happen on vehicles equipped with rear drum brakes. As the brakes get older there is rust , corrosion and brake pad material deposits on the inside the brake drum. The situation is exacerbated when it gets wet and the brakes 'stick' to the drum as they cool down. It usually happens to people when they wash their car and then do not drive it for a few hours or even overnight. (most modern cars have disc brakes all round, the cheaper end and older cars have disc/drum brakes combination front/rear).

Not sure if you have drum only,discs only or disc/drum on the rear (the parking brake either actuates the drum brake shoe, the disc calipers or a small drum brake housed within the hub assembly (the inner circumference of the disc is often used instead of a separate drum).

Did the mechanic mention anything about the amount of rust, dirt and corrosion around the drum brakes? Did he say that he actually cleaned the brake shoes, the drum etc?

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