Q: Parking brake cable disconnected

asked by on January 26, 2016

It looks like my car has a parking brake cable disconnected.

Parking brake cables are made of metal strands with solid metal ends to link the different sections together. It is not common for them to break but they do from time to time due to the heavy stretching pressure put on them every time the parking brake is engaged. If this is the case it will be necessary to replace the parking cable that has broken. I would suggest seeking the help of a qualified technician, such as one form YourMechanic to help you determine which section needs to be replaced. If your state has a yearly safety inspection, it will not pass without the parking brake being functional.

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

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

How do I rewire under the dash pad? Many of the wires are just there disconnected and some are damaged.

Hello. If you were to purchase an entirely new harness that is made for your vehicle, it should a simple plug and play. I would not recommend tearing everything out. But instead, if I were to do it I would...

My 03 blazer was driving fine and all of a sudden it sputters then quits and has not started since. The fuel pump hums....?

Hi there. To start a vehicle, the electrical system, composed of the battery and starter, turns the engine over. Once running, the engine requires a constant flow of gasoline and good spark to keep that fuel igniting. If gasoline is...

Car screaming and not shifting.

Transmission problems can occur for a number of reasons. On the Equinox, when I have seen this occur it was due to a problem with the valve body in the transmission. Some of the time it is caused by a...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe
The The Chevy Tahoe has always been one of the most popular SUVs on the market, and this trend continued in 2012. As always, the vehicle proved to be reliable and powerful, with plenty of space and features that people...
Why You Should Always Set the Parking Brake
Do you need to use the parking brake (also called the emergency or handbrake) every time you park your car,...
2007 Nissan Versa vs. 2007 Saturn Ion: Which One Should I Buy?
Compact cars as a class are generally meant to be commuter vehicles: with excellent gas mileage, an entry-level price point, and decent safety ratings for those who are on the road the majority of their time. These cars also make...