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I just got this 2006 Rancher AT 400. I blocked it up and the back tires are hard to turn. It had been sitting for almost a year. Do you think the brakes are sticking or something worse?
 

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Could be the brakes sticking. Try loosening the brake cable at the brake lever and try pulling the brake lever rearward and see if they free up.
 

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Hard to say until you open up the wheels and take a peek. Does it run?
 

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I just got this 2006 Rancher AT 400. I blocked it up and the back tires are hard to turn. It had been sitting for almost a year. Do you think the brakes are sticking or something worse?
if it's been sitting that long..then i'd say your rear brakes are locked up big time..your going to have to remove the rear wheel..lock nuts..remove the brake cover..remove the brake adjusting nuts..take them all the way off..( both cables )..remove the brake drum..more than likely it's going to be froze on from the brake arm being stuck closed..if you can...try knocking the brake arm back with a hammer..don't go crazy on it...or it will bend very easy..just try to get it backwards as much as you can..with two flat head screw drivers..pry from both sides of the brake drum at the same time..if you don't do this..it will get jammed up..very important to pry on equal sides of the drum..after you get the drum off..i'm sure you will see that your brake shoes are history..remove them..now comes the hard part ( just went through this with my 2000 rancher lastnight )..lol..getting the brake arm cam out of the brake backing plate..these have got to be one of the hardest thing's honda has ever threw at us..lol..now..depending on which tool you have..depends on which way you want to go about this..if you have a air hammer and air compresser..this won't be too bad..remove the brake backing plate all the way off..with a air hammer..and blunt nose..hammer the brake cam out..DO NOT HAMMER ON THE BRAKE CAM WITH A REG HAMMER..YOU WILL MUSHROOM IT OUT TOO MUCH..this is why you need a air hammer with a pointed tip to get to the center of the cam...now..if you don't have these tools..you can try spraying the brake cam with some penitrating oil..and try hammering it out with a sharp pointed object ( make sure you hit the very center of the cam ! )..my advice to you is..remove the whole brake backing plate..take it to someone that has the right tools..and let them hammer it out.
 

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It's an 06, it's been sitting for less than a year...I doubt the brakes are seized, especially since you can turn the wheels. If it's been sitting outside the whole time, they are probably rusted, but that will go away after you use it a few times. Dumb question, but was it in neutral? Did you hear noise coming from the rear brake when you turned the wheels?
 

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It's an 06, it's been sitting for less than a year...I doubt the brakes are seized, especially since you can turn the wheels. If it's been sitting outside the whole time, they are probably rusted, but that will go away after you use it a few times. Dumb question, but was it in neutral? Did you hear noise coming from the rear brake when you turned the wheels?
you would be surprised as to how many newer models i've seen with locked up brakes...lmfao..after 14 yrs of working on these..ppl will take these things through all kinds of crap..it's not a matter of how old they are..it's what they have been through in those years !..lol..i replaced the brakes on my '89 trx350d foreman..complete over haul on the rear brakes..axle..all of it..went out to move it one day after i went ridding through some tough stuff ( it set there for about 2 weeks )..and it would not move..come find out..when i tore it apart..there was water inside the brake drum..how..i havent figured out yet..but..sure enough..my brakes was frozen solid..soo..it's not how old they are..it's what the owners have taken them through.
 

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Yeah, I suppose you're right. I have a tendency to assume most take care of their stuff as well as I do.
 

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Yeah, I suppose you're right. I have a tendency to assume most take care of their stuff as well as I do.
Yeah, me too
 

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I can tell you it was pretty muddy when I got it. I can turn the wheels but its like a emergency brakes on.
i'm pretty sure your rear brakes are gone..do what i said..and this will solve your problem.
 
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