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#1 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 10:02 AM
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Hello. The alternator from my 2004 Kia Optima was removed and I need to move the car from my front lawn to my garage. I turned the key, put the car in neutral (it's an automatic but it also let's you switch over to manual) and tried pushing the car but it will not budge. It's on a level surface, etc. but it won't even move a little. It's like the car is still in park.

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How long has the car been sitting? Have you tried asking a friend or 2 to help??
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All your actions seems right. I also think you need more human resources to do this
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Sounds like one or both sets of wheels may be locked up from corrosion and/or cold. I had a Mercedes with a dead engine that sat under a carport for 10 months, until January, before I could sell it. When the buyer came to tow it, we put it into neutral to push it out of the carport but couldn't get it to budge. The back wheels or axle were completely locked up. He chained it to his pickup and gave it a few tugs, hoping to break it loose. Still nothing. He ended up dragging it out of the carport with wheels locked, then another 100 or so feet down the driveway to where he had unhooked his trailer, then winched it up onto the trailer in the same state. Finally, as the car was about halfway on the trailer, I heard the axle finally give way and it rolled the rest of the way.

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Sounds like one or both sets of wheels may be locked up from corrosion and/or cold. I had a Mercedes with a dead engine that sat under a carport for 10 months, until January, before I could sell it. When the buyer came to tow it, we put it into neutral to push it out of the carport but couldn't get it to budge. The back wheels or axle were completely locked up. He chained it to his pickup and gave it a few tugs, hoping to break it loose. Still nothing. He ended up dragging it out of the carport with wheels locked, then another 100 or so feet down the driveway to where he had unhooked his trailer, then winched it up onto the trailer in the same state. Finally, as the car was about halfway on the trailer, I heard the axle finally give way and it rolled the rest of the way.
Very good point, it happened to my moms car once. Thats why I asked to OP how long the car was sitting. Front pads might be locked to the rotors?
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Seems OP already found solution
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