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Parking Brake problem

I have a 2002 S10 when i push the pedal down it doesn't stay down. Everything else works fine with the parking brake.

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  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    how can the park brake work fine if the pedal won't stay engaged?

  • TJ May 11, 2010

    Some vehicles are equipped with a pedal that doesn't stay down when pressed. Pressing again just tightens the brake more.

  • Rick Byrd
    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    check the operation of the release lever that it is not sticking in the release mode , move it in and out a few times , if still not locking you might need to get under the dash area and check the override release is not hung up or sticking . maybe some wires caught in it . or just a defetcive parking brake mechanism .

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2000 S-10: brake functions properly while pedal is held down, but when I remove my foot, the brake is released.
The following is not a repair so much as a solution to the basic problem and I guess it won't pass scrutiny of any state inspection. Nevertheless, this idea may skip around the automatic pedal stop malfunction and buy you some time while a proper part replacement is arranged.
The release cable ends at the ratchet assembly by the pedal and the lever which receives it can be pushed forward before depressing the pedal thereby engaging the stop which will hold the pedal down and keep the brake engaged. There is no click, or catch evident when the release lever is moved forward and it only moves a little bit.
Not the easiest reach from the driver’s seat. Also, the release cable is likely to jump out of its place if you just reach blindly and push.
From what I've read on this site, there are some design issues with the ratchet mechanism that commonly lead to failure of the pedal stop function.
Hopefully this will help those who still want to park on a hill.

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