Emergency Brake doesn't lock in place '01 Chey Cavalier 2.2L
I can pull up on the e-brake and it engages whatever wheel to stop the car, but it doesn't stay in the engaged position. It doesn't click when going up, so it doesn't stay in upright position. Its like there is a spring broken or something.
Re: Emergency Brake doesn't lock in place '01 Chey...
The ratchet assenbly(handle and all) will most likely need to be replaced although sometimes you can lubricate the locking mechanism. either way you will have to remove the center console with the right tools it is pretty straight forward
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Adjustment is at the emergency brake assembly, look for a nut on the end of a threaded cable. rack vehicle or rear wheels on jack stands. Pull e brake 2 or 3 clicks, spin both rear wheels and compare resistance. Slightly tighten nut about 1 turn and try to spin rear wheels. Do this until the rear wheels are locked in place. Reassemble e brake assembly, un rack vehicle, and enjoy your freshly adjusted e brake!
if rear e-brake locks up then get under car and pull on cable to rear wheels, this should un lock brakes, if the cable is not in a bad state and rusted. if to bad replace rear cables. if it comes loose then oil the cable good at the rear wheels. this may take care of problem.but you may have to take rear tire off to check on the condition of rear brakes also.
ok then. the E-brake cable is not broken just stuck, the cables tend to get rusted and thgis happens all the time,What you can do is go under the truck and manualy pull the cables rear of the truck this should release the brake.
As for the four wheel drive the E-brake has nothing to do with it. on the transmissions transfer case there should be a switch or a manual lever that a cable hooks to this is most likly your four wheel drive problem unless you have locking hubs where you have to pysicly get out and lock the hubs at the wheel then the locking hubs may be worn broken or bad.
Make sure there is nothing leaking onto the brake shoes. Also, make sure that the emergency brake is dis-engaging and the cable isn't hanging up. If the original wheel cylinder had been leaking, the brakes may need to be replaced if they were contaminated. Also check that the drum itself is round. If not, the shoes will lock the wheel when they are on the high spot. An easy "backyard" way of checking the drum is to move it to the other side. If the problem moves to that side the drum is out of round.