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How to Troubleshoot a Parking Brake or Emergency Brake That Won't Engage
Emergency brakes won't engage if the parking brake lever or pedal is out of adjustment or there are worn brake shoes or brake pads.
How to Troubleshoot a Parking Brake or Emergency Brake That Won't Hold the Car
Emergency brakes won't hold a car if the parking brake level is stuck, the parking brake cable is stretched, or the brake shoes or pads are worn out.
How to Troubleshoot a Parking Brake That Won’t Release
Emergency brakes won't release if there's a damaged parking brake, return spring, rear caliper pivot arm, or a caliper with a stuck piston.
How Long Does a Parking Brake Release Cable Last?
Your car’s parking brake is engaged and disengaged separately from your primary braking system. A steel cable runs from the lever or parking brake cable to the back to activate the...
How Long Does a Parking Brake Drum Last?
Your car has two braking systems – one is activated when you press the brake pedal. The other is activated when you engage the parking brake by either pulling up the...
How Long Does an Emergency Brake Control Last?
No matter what vehicle you drive, it is equipped with an emergency parking brake. While some people use this each and every day, others never end up using it. It is...
How Long Does a Parking Brake Warning Switch Last?
Your car is equipped with a parking brake that helps prevent the car from rolling when parked on a slope. This is a separate system from your primary brakes, and...
How to Replace the Parking Brake Control
The parking brake fails when there is resistance or binding when activated or if the warning light does not go out when the brake is disengaged.
How to Make an Emergency Stop in Your Car
Every driver should know the best way to brake their car. If your car brakes go out, downshift to use engine braking to slow you down.
How to Release a Stuck Parking Brake
The parking brake is an important braking component that is only used when a vehicle is parked. It helps to take unnecessary strain off the transmission when the...
How to Adjust a Parking Brake Cable
A parking brake is both a safety feature and a necessity in many parts of the world. Parking brakes are used to secure the vehicle, preventing it from moving...
What Does the Brake System (Hand Brake, Parking Brake) Warning Light Mean?
When the brake system warning light is on, your brakes may not work properly. The parking brake may be engaged, or there is a low fluid level.
How to Adjust a Parking Brake Shoe
Before you begin, it’s important to be familiar with your specific parking brake system. While all systems accomplish the same thing, the designs will vary from manufacturer...
What Happens When You Drive With the Parking Brake On?
Leaving a parking brake on in a vehicle while driving is a common occurrence and an easy mistake to make, especially if you are driving in a vehicle you aren't...
How to Replace the Parking Brake Cable
A parking brake cable links the control to the brake's mechanical assembly. A working parking brake is needed to keep a car stationary on inclines.
How to Service Parking Brake Shoes
The parking brake shoe fails when the emergency brake is engaged but the vehicle does not stay parked and moves position when the mechanism is active.

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Engine won't crank to start.
Even if the shift interlock solenoid is faulty, as long as the gearshift is in the Park position, you should still be able to start the car. Once the engine is running, you just won't be able to shift into...
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Brake piston compressed rather than turning
The rear calipers on this vehicle incorporate the parking brake system. The parking brake system uses a rotating screw inside the caliper that will push the caliper piston out when parking brake lever is rotated on the caliper. When the...
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The parking brake is locked up and the car will not move.
Hi there. The light that come on the dash when the parking brake pedal is applied and then shuts off when the parking brake pedal is released is a normal condition. The parking brake cable could be broken for the...
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I did my brakes on my santa fe all except the rear passenger rotor. this morning the e brake on the rear passenger side locked up
The cable that you are referring to is made of ordinary steel and thus is subject to a lot of rust and corrosion. If rusted, it is possible that the cable is simply failing to retract in the cable sheath,...
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Car wont move even in neutral.
Pull up on the parking brake to see if the brake feels loose like the cable has stuck on. Your brakes may have moisture in the brake fluid and it may have froze inside the brakes locking them on. You...
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Parking brake not working for 2005 For ranger 4Weel drive
You need to push down the parking brake pedal and have the cables checked to see if they are moving. If they move then check the rear brake shoes and replace as needed and then adjust the shoes and recheck...
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What does it mean when the brake light comes on?
Hi there. When the brake light on the dash comes on, either there is a problem with the service brakes or the parking brake is engaged. First check to see if the parking brake lever is released all the way....
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Brakes frozen, bad wheel bearing?
This may be a stuck brake caliper which may cause a bit of brake drag. Sometimes when this happens, it may be just one caliper on one side which will be noticed by the fact that the truck may pull...
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The emergency brake is not working and multiple brake lights are on
The OBD-II error code P-0501 is a generic code that indicates an issue with the transmission speed sensor. This component is vital in the operation of the ABS and traction control system, which is probably why the light is illuminated....
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My car isn't accelerating when I put in in drive and press the gas pedal.
Hi there. Check the brakes on your vehicle to see if they may be locked. Check the parking brake and make sure that its released. Visually look at around the brakes for anything out of the ordinary. If the brakes...
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Car starts and then dies, think my ECM is bad.
Hi there. If the security is on and you are not able to shut it off, then there could be a faulty key transponder, security control module, faulty key fob, or the key cylinder has failed. The ECM (computer to...
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Parking brake dash light doesn't come on when using the actual parking brake so I failed inspection. I don't know if it's the bulb or parking brake.
Hello. The dash light not illuminating when the brake is applied is very likely a wiring issue. If you are knowledgeable with a voltmeter, you can pull a wiring diagram of the circuit and trace the issue. This is done...
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Hi, I got into a car accident with my bmw e36 and nothing but a dent in the middle of the grilles. Car would start but wouldn't mo
Hello. From what you describe it sounds as if your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. Brakes not functioning are usually caused by serious issues with the brake system. If they are not functioning at all then that...
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I drove with the emergency brakes on. What went wrong?
Since you didn't actually go down the road with your Parking Brake on, I doubt there was a lot of damage caused, but an inspection of the system must be done to make sure. The problem with your steering is...
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I was driving with the handbrake up and now when push the accelerate on the car, the car does not move it just revs.
Hi there. The problem is the parking brake is stuck on and the brake shoes or pads in the rear are worn out making the wheel cylinder or piston in the caliper move beyond the seal causing the brakes to...
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My push button goes on but brake will not depress.
Hi there. With having the button on the parking brake depress but the lever is not moving, then the cable or brakes could be jammed. First try pushing the button down and pulling hard up on the lever. This should...
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My truck rolls away without the hand brake on
If the vehicle has an automatic transmission, when you put it in Park a parking brake pawl engages a gear on the driveshaft thus preventing any movement of the wheels. If the pawl is broken or slips out of position...
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Can't go forward but I can go backwards, middle of winter. It's like truck holds when I put it into drive
I am assuming that your truck has drum brakes in the rear, so please understand that this is where the following comments are coming from. If you use your parking brake in extremely cold conditions, especially on older vehicles that...
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Emergency break light won't shut off
Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are a few issues that will cause the light to stay on. One of the most common is that the parking brake cable get stretched out and either needs to be adjusted or...
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Brakes hard to push or stuck in park.
Hi there. Check the parking brake lever and cable. As the vehicle was on a hill and the parking brake was set, the cable could have gotten stuck or the parking brake assembly in the rear brakes could have failed...

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