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It seems when I park my car with the parking brake on when it is damp out the rear brakes will hang up/freeze. This occurs in the rain of if it is very damp from what ever means. I use the parking brake everytime I park. When I drive the car after sitting for a few or more hours I either have to go forward or reverse to get the rear brake to break free. After the initial lundge, everything is fine.

Am I the only one?

My last car had drums out back so this may be normal.
 

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Normal. My Ranger was worse. It was so bad you could feel the truck actually flex before they would break loose.
 

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Yep, high metallic content in the pads and cheap rotors, what a combination. If you notice the rotors rust really bad after a couple of hours when it's damp and wouldn't expect Ford to use rotors that are worse than on my Taurus. They were completely fried after 16k on the odometer, pure junk, warp city.
 

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That is what I figured.

I have not noticed the rotors rusting much when wet/damp though. My Focus was horrible for that.
 

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It is not normal.You might want to have the dealer check for kinks in the PB cables. Also,if the PB mechanism is not set up loose enough, it may not release perfectly. Any debris buildup on the mechanism could be an issue. I am assuming that these parts are plated , so no rust should be on the pivot pins.
 

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No I have not noticed any burn marks. I will have to pull the rear wheels and investigate further.

Does anyone know what type of parking brake it is? Is it via the disk brake or a seperate drum?
 

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All rotors rust on all cars, bare metal is bare metal no matter how good the brand name and bare metal will rust quickly.
I have no problems out of my brakes, yeah on cold mornings, they hang up a little due to, RUST build up & ice and yes it is
normal it has happened on every single car I have owned, GM, Ford & Chrysler.
 

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I absolutely agree with shadowfall 1976! Bare metal is bare metal and it's going to rust. My Fusion PB releases easily, without grabbing, even after a sitting for 3-4 rainy days.

Now as far as rotor wear the best rotors I've had (and I've done many a brake job on foreign and domestic cars including high performance cross-drilled rotors) are the stock rotors on my '02 Escape. 43k and they've never been off car, I'm amazed they haven't needed to be cut. They stop beautifully and have plenty of pad life. The only brake maintence I've done has been brake bleeding (every two yrs with DOT 4).
 
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