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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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Parking brake loose - 1993 Chevrolet C2500 Suburban
Hello. Over time, the parking brake cable can become loose. I usually start by adjusting the rear brakes because the rear drum brakes being loose will affect the operation of the parking brake. If the rear brakes are adjusted, then...
I am trying to push the vehicle out of a tow away zone. It's in neutral; but will not move.
Try checking to be sure the parking brake is not set. Other than the parking brake or being in gear still, there is no reason the car should not roll.
Parking Brake suddenly appears on the dashboard while driving
Check if your brake fluid level is full in the brake master cylinder. The light comes on when you fluid gets low enough to turn on the light and as you drive it, the fluid gets hot and expands and...
Possible booster needed - 1996 Lexus LX450
A "normal" brake job only addresses wearing parts like brake pads and rotors (or brake shoes and drums on drum brake vehicles). The brake booster rarely fails, and then usually because the brake master cylinder has allowed brake fluid to...
I pressed the emergency brake pedal down but it does not return when brake cable is released
Hello. thanks for writing in. If the pedal is not releasing, then that can be caused by a few different things. If there is pressure on the pedal when it is applied then it should have all of the brake...
Brake drums
Hey there, thanks for your question. I would replace it with a bolt. It's easier to take off and put back on just in case you ever have to replace the cable for some reason. If you are still having...
E-brake adjust.
Hello. These are two separate issues as the brake pedal is a hydraulic system operating with brake pads and rotors and the e-brake is a brake cable that leads to a brake drum assembly. First, lets address the brake...
New rear disc rotor/Hub/Parking Brake
Hi there: In general, there are a few things that can cause the brake rotor and wheel to not spin freely after installing a new rotor. The first and most common is that the center hub is dirty, rusted or...
Cat peed on Ebreak will it effect anything and how do I clean it out
This should not affect anything in terms of the mechanical ability or performance of your car. The majority of car components are engineered to withstand very harsh conditions and this should have no impact on the car's ability to brake...
Speedometer and gears failed; car towed - 2009 Kia Borrego
It seems like the problem is one the shop may have not experienced just yet or they may have found a big problem and are trying to work with Kia directly for warranty or recall information. Take the vehicle back...
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...
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...
My emergency brake can be pulled without having to push the button
Hi, thanks for writing in. Have a technician check the emergency brake ratchet mechanism in the handle for any problems like a broken spring or ratchet gear. Also have them check the emergency brake cables for proper tension. It may...
Emergency brake was left on while driving.
Leaving the emergency brake on for five minutes shouldn't cause damage to the axles. In some cases, it will cause the brake rotor to warp, but that's usually after extensive use and lots of heat build-up. Sometimes the parking brake...
Driving with the parking brake on
Hi, thanks for writing in. As long as your brakes feel fine, I would say there is no immediate need to replace anything. It would be a good idea to have a mechanic check to make sure nothing is damaged...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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