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How Long Does an Emergency Parking Brake Cable Last?
Your emergency parking brake is something all vehicles come with. It consists of an emergency/parking brake cable which connects the parking brake shoes to the parking brake lever. This steel...
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 Parking Brake Shoe Last?
The emergency parking brake shoe is an important component in your emergency parking brake system. This part will literally hold your vehicle in place once the emergency parking brake has...
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...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Parking Brake Warning Switch
If your car's Brake Warning Light comes on, especially if it gets brighter, you may need to replace the parking brake warning switch.
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
Being able to make an emergency stop in your car is a skill all drivers should have. After all, there are a lot of situations that are beyond a person’s...
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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I have a 97 Jeep Cherokee that won't start. When I turn the key over, the Brake Warning Light comes on as if the parking break is on
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The brake light is tied into the alternator and also the neutral safety switch. If the alternator is not producing enough voltage, then the brake light will light up. If the power is...
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Car won't crank or start with ignition - Audi A3
Hi there. From the description you have given, the problem of your vehicle not cranking with the key and gear indicator (P) flashing. This leads me to believe, there is a problem with the transmission position sensor. Not recognizing the...
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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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Brake changes on my 2007 Kia Picanto
You may not need brakes but should get them inspected to see if they are worn down or just noisy. If you are having to replaced the brakes every 4000km or six months, then you have issues with the calipers...
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How do I replace the emergency brake?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Even though you have disc brakes on the rear, your vehicle still has a parking brake. The parking brake on your vehicle is built within the rear calipers called integral calipers. Find the...
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Loose emergency brake lever
Yes, this is a safety issue. This means the parking brake may be broken, installed incorrectly, or out of alignment. This also means the brake may not be working to its full potential, or at all. The parking brake lever...
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Changed brakes and rotors now the emergency brakes is squeaking when driving. What could be wrong?
Hey there. As you may know, your emergency brake is operated and controlled by a separate drum brake assembly located behind the rear disc brakes. The emergency brake is operated by a drum brake set up with brake shoes that...
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My emergency brake pedal is stuck in the up position.
Many common faults can cause your 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe's parking brake to get stuck in the "up" position. If the parking break will not apply, the brake cable could have failed, the parking brake lever could be faulty, or there...
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Could the problem be my brakes or shocks?
The scraping sound you're hearing may be due to the parking brake contacting the drum in hat rotor without the parking brake being applied. You may need to replace the parking brake shoe and install a new spring clip retainer,...
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How do you release the hand brake when the button is jammed?
Sometimes if you pull up on the parking brake too hard then it may be hard to release. The easiest way to release it is to push on the button while pulling up on the parking brake lever. It may...
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Emergency brake light won't stay on. If really cold in the morning, it's out until I drive for about a mile or so
Hi there. Check the cables to the parking brake when you set the parking brake. There is a parking brake sensor attached to the pedal and if the sensor is tripped, the indicator brake light will come on the dash....
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Putting back brakes on all new of course but now I can't get the drum back on. It's like something holding it back to slide on easy
Hello. A common problem when rebuilding rear drum brakes is that the brake cylinder has too much air or fluid in it causing the brake shoes to be pushed too far out. Then the brake drum won't go back on...
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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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Failed inspection due to e brake not working please help me identify parking brake and emergency brake?
What aspect of it do you need identified? To start, the parking brake and the emergency brake are the same part. Those are the two of the names given to the additional brake or hand brake as it is also...
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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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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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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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