Description of problem:
This has happened twice now. Today I got in my car (after just having drove it for 30 mins with no problem), started it fine, but as soon as I moved forward it felt as though the emergency brake was on. It was not. I could move forward, but I had to pull over right away as there was clearly some major resistance.
What I tried:
I turned the car off, put it in neutral, and tried to push it with 3 other friends. It wouldn't move an inch (4 big guys unable to push it). I then engaged and disengaged the e-brake many times. Nothing. I started the car again, revved it in neutral no problem, could change gears, but any forward movement was heavily resisted still.
What worked (temporarily): Eventually I tried pumping the brake pedal 3 times while the car was off and in neutral and all of a sudden the vehicle could freely roll in neutral. I turned it on and drove off without any problem.
I've since checked the e-brake and normal brakes and everything seems to be working just fine. This happened once more - again when I first started the car. When I bought the car last year I was told that the left rear wheel bearing would need replacing "somewhat soon", but I've never done that. Aside from the wheel bearing I'm not aware of any previous issues.