Question about 1994 Dodge Spirit
I PUSHED IN MY E BRAKE ON MY '94 DODGE SPIRIT WHEN I PARKED DUE TO ICY PARKING SPOT. NOW IT WON'T RELEASE, ANYONE HAVE ANY SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO GET IT UNSTUCK??
I AM ASSUMING YOU LIVE IN A VERY COLD AREA. HERE IS WHAT HAPPNED. THE E BRAKE CABLE IS ENCLOSED IN A HOUSING. THIS HOUSING HAS ACCUMULATED QUITE A BIT OF MOISTURE IN IT AND HAS FROZEN THUS YOUR E BRAKE CAN'T RELEASE BECAUSE THE CABLE CAN'T SLIDE IN THE HOUSING. YOU WILL NEED TO GET SOME GENTLE HEAT TO THE HOUSING TO THAW IT OUT FOR THE CABLE TO SLIDE AGAIN. THE HOUSING WILL EXIT THROUGH THE FLOOR OR FIREWALL AND FOLLOW THE UNDERCARRIAGE OF YOUR VEHICLE TO THE REAR WHEELS. GOOD LUCK, STAY WARM
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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The emergency brake is mechanical not electrical. There is no fuse for the emergency brake. It is most likely that the brake cable leading to the rear brakes is stuck. This is quite common in vehicles with automatic transmissions because the e-brake (parking brake) is not used very often. As a result the cables get rusty and stick. It is also possible that the cable needs to be adjusted; but it is more likely that it will need to be replaced due to 7 years of exposure to road dirt, water, salt, etc. etc. etc.
You may be able to release it by putting the car in drive and then into reverse to put a little pressure on the cable. If it does release for you, still have it checked as it will lock up again. Joe
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