Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Drove with emergency brake on

asked by on

I drove with the emergency brake still on. Did I damage my car?

A: While driving with the emergency brake on i...

While driving with the emergency brake on is not good, there is no need to panic. Driving with the emergency brake on for a bit is usually not an issue, but if you drove for an extended period of time, there is a chance of damaging the lining on the rear brakes. Some systems use the same brake pads/shoes for the emergency brake as they do for general breaking. Some other vehicles use a different set of shoes just for the emergency brake. I would suggest getting a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to inspect your brakes and make sure there is no heat damage to the lining material.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I release the parking brake?

Before driving, you should always release the parking brake. If you do not release the brake, the car will not drive normally, and you can do serious damage to both the braking system, and the engine. To release the parking...

Q: Smoke from engine

Hi There, It is very possible that the smoking is just old oil residue that is being burned off the motor as it heats up. I would recommend just checking to be sure there no oil leaks anywhere after the...

Q: Car started shaking

Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. This creates a loss of power that resonates throughout the motor additionally causing other problems with ignition and fuel timing....

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...