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Re: 1995 Subaru Legacy Handbrake knob broken off
It appears if you remove the pin in the lower in of the handle, you can remove the spring and then re-insert a new button. Try and get this part from a junkyard before the dealership....might be a cheap part from them or maybe they want $50 for it....either way, you should be able to replace this yourself.
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The handbrake light is usually not the handbrake light, it is a warning light for the whole braking system. You could have a problem with the abs system, low brake fluid in the master cylinder or brake pads worn down.
The brake fluid reservoir is easy to check, just lift up the hood and it should be right there mounted on top of the brake booster, in line where the brake pedal is.
The brake pads on modern vehicles have sensors that warn you when they need replacement, so have them checked.
Finally of course, you could have a loose wire on the handbrake warning switch which is mounted at the base of the handbrake, or if you're very lucky, you might just need to drop the handbrake just a fraction more before you drive off.
If you're trying to hold it on the auto transmission alone, then the transmission brake bands need adjusting or even replacing. If it's rolling when the handbrake (parking brake) is applied, then the handbrake needs adjusting or needs new pads.
The car should never be parked and held on the transmission alone; the handbrake should always be the primary means of holding the car from moving.
Both of these jobs are routine maintenance tasks but are not ones for an inexperienced mechanic.
This sounds like the paul spring inside the brake handle broken which would, if this is the case be very cheap to fix. Otherwise, the ratchet quadrant could be worn out from not pressing the button whilst appling the brake. In this event both the paul and quadrant have to be replaced. Not really an expensive job. Maybe an hour labour plus parts.
hi, the spring i think you are talking about will be the spring for the handbrake/parking return where the handbrake comes into the back of the drum there will be two holes one on either brake shoe, just below where the handbrake adjuster is fitted it is verry hard to put it in the holes but it does go eventually....hope this helps
this is generally a failure in the hand brake assembly itself.Pulling the center console will reveal the mechanism that locks the brake cable in the unit.You probably will notice its inability to hold in this area which will necessitate replacement .
More likely than not you wore the parking brake pads down. The parking brake pads are seperate from the rear disc brakes. They are a drum style. The rear rotars are designed to work as both drum and disc.
I would say in 20 miles you did little no no damage to drivetrain.
Typically when you get a brake job they will adjust the parking brake shoes. It is extremly easy if you have already gone and removed the brake calipers. Essentially you pull off the rotor (you would need a tool for this called a puller. not expensive, maybe $10. Something somone doing your brakes would have.
Once the rotars are off you just turn a star gear.
This might add $15-20 to a standard brake job. Maybe $50 if the shoes need to be replaced.