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Parking brake disengaged but car acts like it is still engaged and will not move when put into gear and there is a light burning smell. It has a manual transmissin.

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  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    When in neutral the car does not move. If the parking brake is stuck on, what would cause this?

  • Kevin Rahme May 11, 2010

    if you put the car in neutral can you push it foreward

    if not the park brake is stuck on

    and if the car rolls a head then I would say the clutch is the problem

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Although you've released the parking brake, inside the car, are you sure the cable moved and disengaged the rear brakes ? A physical removal of the rear wheels will be required and parking brake cable and linkage operation inspected. If the cable appears to be a BINDING , a heavy dose of WD-40 will cure it. Hope this helps

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