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I used handbrake to stop Disco when being towed to start vehicle. Right foot was on accelerator pedal left foot on clutch and without thinking applied handbrake. Result handbrake locked in off position. Handbrake seems to be held down by cable

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  • susian Sep 30, 2009

    Parking brake is locked in the off position

  • susian Sep 30, 2009

    Handbrake is locked in the off position

  • susian Sep 30, 2009

    Handbrake is locked in the off position. Brake is not applied

  • susian Oct 02, 2009

    as above

  • susian May 11, 2010

    Took vehicle to garage. Disconnect prop shaft, remove drum,fit new cable. Renew badly worn drive coupling. £150.00

  • CarySchroeder May 11, 2010

    Ouch. Have you tried rocking the vehicle back & forth to free the locked up parking brake? Pushing it backwards?



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You may need to get underneath and adjust the handbrake adjuster, but you could have done some damage to the transfer box/rear prop/diff as a result of your actions. Best to get it looked at by someone who knows what they're doing to assess any damage.

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62 ford fairlane 500 ..221 V-8 been sitting for 25 years. Clutch won't disengage. Any easy way to free up, short of pulling tranny?

Tom, If equipped with a inspection shield or maybe with starter removed through hole, remove shield and try prying between pressure plate and disc. On some old tractors they would pull the spark plugs and tow the tractor around in 3rd gear until clutch released.
Plan A: If you are car is pointed so you can lurch forward without hitting some object.
Step 1. Start engine in neutral and let it warm up thoroughly.
Step 2. Shut the car off and restart it with the car in first gear and your foot on the clutch pedal.
Step 3. Keep clutch depressed with left foot and blip the accelerator with right foot.
Step 4. Repeat as often as necessary to free up the clutch and then go for a drive. Let the clutch slip, so you can burn off the stuff on your clutch disc.

Plan B: If your car is in the garage, pointing at a brick wall.
Step 1. Secure the car, so it can't roll forward and hit that wall. Jack up the rear of the car (use the differential "pumpkin" as the jacking point). Support the car so that the rear wheels are up in the air and can spin freely.
Step 2. Start engine in neutral and let it warm up thoroughly.
Step 3. Shut off the engine, put transmission in either 3rd or 4th gear.
Step 4. Start the car again with your foot depressing the clutch pedal
Step 5. Rev the engine and hit the brakes.
Step 6. Repeat as often as necessary to free up the clutch and then go for a drive. Let the clutch slip, so you can burn off the stuff on your clutch disc.
Plan C: if all fails...get credit card, order new clutch, (preferably from us) start pulling out the interior and remove the transmission. If you have a BJ8, you should replace the pressure plate as well as the disc. In any case, spend the extra $5 for a spigot bush while you are doing the clutch job.
To prevent this from happening in the future, take your Healey for an outing ever so often. It is good for the car to stretch its legs from time to time. You can also try the trick of putting a stick on the clutch pedal so it is constantly depressed, but it is not a 100% surefire method.
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When you engage the handbrake the handbrake light should come on. It has nothing to do with the fluid level.
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