Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Parking Brake Release Cable

The parking brake is a secondary braking system, and is designed to be a backup to the primary brakes in your vehicle. It is essential when it comes to safely parking your car, or in the case of total brake failure while driving your vehicle. In some vehicles, the parking brake is a pedal where others have a handle between the two front seats. The parking brake release cable disengages the parking brake, so it is important this part is in good working order.

Parking brake won’t move

After you put the parking brake in place, if it does not disengage, chances are the parking brake release cable has been broken. The opposite is true as well, the parking brake will not engage, which can be dangerous if you need it while you are driving. The vehicle needs to be seen by a mechanic from YourMechanic as soon as possible for a parking brake release cable replacement.

Drag in vehicles

While you are driving your car, if you notice it feels sluggish or is dragging, there may be a problem with the parking brake. This could be the parking brake drum, the parking brake release cable, or both depending on the severity of the issue. Only a professional mechanic should diagnose this problem because it is a safety issue.

Reasons the parking brake release cable fails

Over time, the parking brake release cable becomes corroded or is filled with rust. Furthermore, the cable can become frozen during cold temperatures and fails when it is disengaged. If it is cold enough to freeze outside, wait until your vehicle warms up until you disengaged the parking brake as this will save your parking brake release cable from completely breaking.

Do not drive if parking brake is engaged

If the parking brake release cable is broken, do not drive the vehicle. This can cause extensive damage to not only the emergency brake, but the entire braking system. If you have a parking brake that is engaged, and are unsure of what to do, contact the mechanics at YourMechanic for further advice.

As soon as you notice the parking brake will not move or your vehicle has a drag while you are driving, your parking brake release cable may need to be replaced. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your parking brake release cable easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic’s qualified technicians are also available for any questions that may arise.


Next Step

Schedule Vehicle Body Mechanical Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Vehicle Body Mechanical Inspection. Once the problem has been diagnosed, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Vehicle Body Mechanical Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(171,627)

Rating Summary
161,099
5,644
1,174
834
2,876
161,099
5,644
1,174
834
2,876

Jay

37 years of experience
947 reviews
Jay
37 years of experience
Dodge Nitro V6-3.7L - AC is not working - Ontario, California
Very satisfied with results 
Ford Focus - Brake Master Cylinder - Hemet, California
He was very polite, answered all questions i had. he also cleaned up any mess that he had made. i would recommend him to anyone who needs there car worked on.

CURTIS

6 years of experience
8 reviews
CURTIS
6 years of experience
Nissan Altima L4-2.5L - Vehicle Body Mechanical Inspection - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Curtis was outstanding and went out his way to education me about my car! I am very happy with the service I was provided!

Jason

17 years of experience
429 reviews
Jason
17 years of experience
Dodge Durango V8-4.7L - Oil Change - Milpitas, California
he was a mechanic that you can trust, friendly and explain the problem clearly and I will highly recommend his experties to some of my associates..

Jarred

10 years of experience
33 reviews
Jarred
10 years of experience
Ford F-250 V8-6.9L Diesel - Clutch pedal goes all the way to the floor - Denver, Colorado
Love this service and Jarred was on time and very professional!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How to Adjust Drum Brakes
Many vehicles come equipped with drum brakes (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-drum-brakes-work). For many years, disc brakes have been used at the front of the vehicles...
How to Stop on a Slippery Road Without Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
Slippery road conditions can make it hard to avoid obstacles, especially without ABS brakes. Keep control of your vehicle to avoid unexpected objects.
How to Replace a Brake Wheel Cylinder
The wheel cylinder on the brake system fails if the brakes are mushy, they respond poorly, or there is leaking brake fluid.

Related questions

ABS light comes on when pushing brake.
The problem you are having is not very common. However, based on your description it could be only a couple things. First off, the ABS Light is controlled by the ABS control module. The module gets inputs from various sensors...
Shaking while braking
Hello. I’ve had experience with new rotors being warped right out of the box. There is a limited warranty on the rotors from the store. If you can return them and get new front rotors or get them turned, that...
Brakes lock up during driving, if the car is stopped fast
Hello. If the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, then it should not lock up like this. This will only occur if there is a sensor problem with the vehicle. I would start by installing a scan tool that can read the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com