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How do I unstick my emergency brake on an 85 Ford van? Thanks.

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Not easily for sure the cables rust back by the rear end and usually wheels have to come off even to oil them properly caution do not get oil on the brake shoes or pads . you will have no brakes if you do .

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SOURCE: Emergency Brake/Parking Brake is stuck.

If the parking lever will move, try putting it to normal unlocked position, then kick the rears tires to see if the drums will release. If the car starts, it may help to heat things up.

You can also try manually rocking the car back and forth with the parking lever down.

If you can see under the chassis, you may find the wires have become loose or disconnected, which (if there's room) you may be able to reconnect.

Good luck

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SOURCE: I have an 85 ford e-150 van and the problem I am

could be in the turn signal switch all that goes thruogh it. also check under rear if it has or had a trailer hitch.adaptor for trailer lights may have come unplugged or is bad

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Over here we call it a parking brake - hardly any of our cars are autos.

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could be in the turn signal switch all that goes thruogh it. also check under rear if it has or had a trailer hitch.adaptor for trailer lights may have come unplugged or is bad

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sounds like your abs feature is in-operative(that's the one that won't allow the wheels to lock-up when the brake is applied in an emergency)the abs system should pulse your brakes during an emergency application of pressure on the pedal,i'd get to a dealer immediately (and i mean don't go anywhere else until this problem is corrected)

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