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    kenhock is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Momentarily locked transmission like symptom

    Hadnít driven the v ('12, auto, 10k miles) in 2 weeks and when I started her up and put it in reverse it went nowhere! Kinda rocked a little but she didnít budge. Put it back in park and then tried again with the same result of not moving. Put it back in park and set and unset the emergency brake (I rarely ever have a need to use the emergency brake and never in the garage) and put it in reverse again and again nothing. Finally, after the fourth attempt at putting it in reverse I was able to get it moving. It grudgingly moved and it sounded like the front brakes were grabbing as I backed it out of the garage. After a few stop and go movements in the driveway I decided to drive down the street to see how long the ďgrabbingĒ sensation would continue. With a few start and stops thrown in Iíd say after about ľ mile things seemed back to normal. I parked it for a while and then tried again, no problems, so I drove it on a few errands and the problem didnít resurface. Itís been 3 days and i havenít had the problem again. I bought the car new and haven't had any problems with it other than the wheel clicking which was temporarily resolved 7 months ago with the 2 piece rotor. Does this sound like anything that any of you have experienced?

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    I have heard of cars brakes "binding" up for a bit prohibiting the car from moving freely but it went away quick. Sometimes happens after washes, too. Hasn't to mine but it has to several others, particularly in hard winters.

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    Re: Momentarily locked transmission like symptom

    Did you wash it before parking it 2 weeks ago? Sounds like the usual binding brakes after a wash.

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    Re: Momentarily locked transmission like symptom

    If you drove in the rain, then parked it, the brakes seized... This has happened to me a few times.

    If you clean the car before parking it, it'll be fine.

    Everytime this has happened to me, all you hear when you start moving is a loud SNAP sound. Then it's all good

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    Re: Momentarily locked transmission like symptom

    yes, I had washed it before parking it and I had spent extra time on the inside of the rims.

    good to know that it's likely nothing.

    thanks.

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    Re: Momentarily locked transmission like symptom

    Quote Originally Posted by kenhock View Post
    Hadn’t driven the v ('12, auto, 10k miles) in 2 weeks and when I started her up and put it in reverse it went nowhere! Kinda rocked a little but she didn’t budge. Put it back in park and then tried again with the same result of not moving. Put it back in park and set and unset the emergency brake (I rarely ever have a need to use the emergency brake and never in the garage) and put it in reverse again and again nothing. Finally, after the fourth attempt at putting it in reverse I was able to get it moving. It grudgingly moved and it sounded like the front brakes were grabbing as I backed it out of the garage. After a few stop and go movements in the driveway I decided to drive down the street to see how long the “grabbing” sensation would continue. With a few start and stops thrown in I’d say after about ľ mile things seemed back to normal. I parked it for a while and then tried again, no problems, so I drove it on a few errands and the problem didn’t resurface. It’s been 3 days and i haven’t had the problem again. I bought the car new and haven't had any problems with it other than the wheel clicking which was temporarily resolved 7 months ago with the 2 piece rotor. Does this sound like anything that any of you have experienced?
    Hello kenhock,

    I apologize your vehicle gave you trouble when you started her up recently. I see other forum members have offered advice on the situation. If this is an issue that worries you, please reach out to me via private message. I can also be contacted for any other concerns or questions you may have.

    Regards,

    Laura M.
    Cadillac Customer Service

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