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Parking / Emergency Brake does not work Inspection Service

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Parking brakes are often overlooked as a necessity these days, with most cars equipped with automatic transmissions that lock the wheels in place whenever you shift into "park.” However, car manufacturers recommend the use of the parking brake (sometimes called the emergency brake or hand brake) to immobilize any parked vehicle, automatic or manual. Some states require the parking brake to be engaged every time a vehicle is parked. At the very least, cars are required to have an operational parking brake.

How this system works:

Automatic transmissions use a pin called a parking pawl to lock the transmission in place when you shift into “park,” which prevents the wheels from moving. This pin is very small in comparison to the size of the vehicle (it’s about the size of your pinky finger), which is why a parking brake is used to assist the transmission to keep the vehicle stationary.

Manual transmissions must be shifted into either first gear or “reverse” before applying the parking brake. This ensures the vehicle remains stationary without adding stress on the transmission.

Parking brakes can be activated several different ways. The two most common ways are with a hand lever located between the driver’s seat and center console or with a foot pedal located on the far left side of the driver’s footwell.

A steel cable joins the rear brakes with the parking brake lever. The force used to pull the parking brake lever tightens the steel cable, transferring that force to the rear brakes, which engage and hold your car in place.

  • In cars with disc brakes: The steel cable is attached to a spring lever on the brake caliper, which squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotor.

  • In cars with drum brakes: The steel cable attaches to a lever, which pushes the brake shoes against the brake drum to hold the vehicle in place.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Worn or broken parking brake cable: Not using your parking brake is a common reason for failure. Even though the parking brake cable is housed in a protective sleeve, with infrequent use, the cable can become corroded and rusted. This can result in cable failure just when you need it the most. Everyday use prevents buildup and keeps the cable in good condition.

  • Seized parking brake: Another cause for parking brake failure is driving with the parking brake engaged. This will overheat your parking brake, prematurely wearing the brake pads or shoes, and possibly lock up your wheels. It is important to remember to release your parking brake before shifting your vehicle into “drive” or “reverse.”

  • Broken parking brake lever: The parking brake is a self-locking system. When activated, it is designed to lock in place until you press a button or pull a lever to release it. Over time, the springs inside the parking brake lever can fatigue and break. This failure may prevent your parking brake from releasing or engaging, which may leave your vehicle stuck where it's parked.

  • Faulty parking brake sensor: One of several sensors that activates the red brake warning light on your dashboard, the parking brake sensor informs you when the parking brake is still engaged. Newer cars also use this sensor to alert the driver with an audible “ding.” When this sensor fails, your brake warning light on your dashboard stays illuminated, even if the parking brake has been released.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the parking brake failure, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that covers the part of the system that failed and the cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will perform a thorough inspection of your entire parking brake system. This includes checking the integrity of the parking brake cable and adjusting it if necessary. While inspecting the parking brake lever for proper operation, the mechanic will also remove the wheels and check the brake components themselves for wear and damage.

How important is this service?

A parking brake is a required component of every car and must be kept in good operating condition. Moreover, it is important to address any concerns you may have with your parking brake as soon as possible to prevent possible damage to other components of your vehicle, particularly those within your general braking system.

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Kwante

12 years of experience
20 reviews
Kwante
12 years of experience
Toyota Solara V6-3.3L - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Halethorpe, Maryland
I think Kwante is exceptional at what he does! One thing I really appreciate and respect is open dialog, clear and accurate information, and details explained when I feel a need to know them, without hesitation. This helps me to understand the what and why something is important. Not everyone wants that, but I do. In particular, with regards to car repair and maintenance. Kwante provided me with exceptional service, patience and everything I needed to understand what was best. I have had poor past experiences with many in-service, dealer or in-shop mechanics. I find it hard to leave my car, come back a day or more later and basically completely unclear on what was done and I almost always have to return within days or weeks. Not being able to be right there when a mechanic is diagnosing your cars repair and maintenance issues feels frustrating to me. To have this be available when I book a diagnostic or service or both on yourmechanic is great, but its people (mechanics) like Kwante who make that service experience complete and 100% satisfying. When I am describing an issue, I cannot always go back to the repair bay with a mechanic, someone usually writes down info and sometimes things are missed in translation. I am usually not able to be present for inspections, unless its an open garage. For me, the yourmechanic app and especially Kwantes wonderful demeanor, made my appointment a cost effective, transparent, full services experiences, worth its weight in gold. I prefer to stand with my mechanic and show him issues in person and being able to see what is done where (staying out of the way of the work of course) is ideal. I truly appreciated Kwantes ability to share and explain without making me feel ignorant or like I didnt need to know. I never had to press for answers or understanding. Kwante was efficient, courteous, on time and even suggested we move my appointment to a later hour, to allow more time for diagnostic/work if needed. (Because of my possible issues). So that tells me, he thinks ahead. The inspection was thorough and he took the time to specify a few important things helpful to what I would need to do, and future suggestions. Kwantes work is top notch! The problem with brakes, calipers, rotors and confusion on what was actually needed, where, when and how much was resolved. Kwante kept my budget and time needs in mind and because of his recommendations, work ethic and skill, I was able to get back on the road safely, faster and with more peace of mind than I've ever had from dropping off my car at a mechanics shop. I really, really like being able to see the issue, watch it being fixed and knowing what was done in person. To me, that is priceless. Thanks Kwante! I will be using yourmechanic again and requesting you for my service needs or concerns in the future and I will recommend to everyone I can!!!
Cadillac DeVille - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Baltimore, Maryland
Kwante is great at what he does. After he inspected my vehicle and told me the problem, I immediately addressed it and car stop shaking! Would recommend him everyone I know who needs work done.

Robert

20 years of experience
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Robert
20 years of experience
Ford Expedition V8-5.4L - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Denver, Colorado
Robert is very knowledgeable and honest. I would recommend him and you're company to friends and family.
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Arvada, Colorado
Robert was very respectful and understanding about my vehicle. He was also very honest when a question came up.

Manuel

12 years of experience
56 reviews
Manuel
12 years of experience
Chrysler Town & Country V6-3.8L - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Bonita Springs, Florida
arrived on time for appointment, good business manner. right to work, found problem. because auto is old. but drives good, just going to drive auto 4 time a month to my appointments.

Tim

9 years of experience
2 reviews
Tim
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Camaro V8-6.2L - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Wichita, Kansas
Tim was extremely professional and efficient. Work was done in a highly professional manner. I would recommend and use Tim again if needed.

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