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My emergency break would not release in my 2003 S10 pick up. In my frustration I have also now yanked the cable loose. Is there a release mechanism that I can reach to release this brake?

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The release is the rod with the handle on it attached to the emergency brake assembly. If its jambed replace it for its made of stamped out steel and is probably tweaked out of shape if in the stuck position. Used ones and even new ones are available

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Nd the suv has no power what could this be?


Several things and its not wires
These are basica things except for first one s

Lets begin
Tranny bands loose need adjustment have inspected
Ac locking up on you five minutes remove belt spin ac belt pulley by hand if resistance buy bypass belt and make sure to get right size this is criticle
Have ac inspected if you want to keep ac
Water pump going out turn by hand it free moves any resistance replace
Power steering pump resisting
Alternator loosing power put a volt meter on battery above twelve good below twelve bad
Emergency break on and hasnt disengaged this is usually the forgot process of one driveing easy remedy if like old s10 loosen the emergency cable under nieth temporary take to break inspection place to have fixed or binding breaks with hardware possible failing

On throttle body your
Throttle body gummed up by deposits so not pushing fuel threw
The accelerator pedal needs adjustment some vehicles come with automatic sliding gas pedal this is in vehicle manual
Last but not least fuel pump and or filter is failing or needs replacement
The above except tranny can be looked at and assessed diy
Some of above mentioned are easy to do the emergency break cable under nieth should be loose when EB is disengaged

Sep 15, 2014 | 2003 GMC Envoy

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I took my emergency break off and the light isn't on but the car is still acting like it is and when i push the break is shakes and squeals


The parking brake mechanism may not have released due to a frayed cable. Have it towed to a qualified technician so you won't cause damage to your rear rotors.

Apr 07, 2014 | 2003 Buick LeSabre

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How to release an emergency brake that is stuck


You have limited choices. Your biggest concern will be the Racheting action of the Emergency brakes which takes up slack.

Check online for the Emergency Brake Assembly for your Model. There should be pictures and mention of the release mechanism. They are made to allow the cable spool to unspool, usually by moving a tab with a screwdriver tip.

Now on the wheel end, the mechanism may pull the brake levers to spread the Brakes. The pivot for the wheel lever may be frozen or the cable frozen in its travel zone.

So you have the possibility of devices taking up slack at both ends of the brake cable. Not familiar with Mazda design, if it has a hand lever for Parking brake. This style can be auto-rachet or mechanical nut and bolt style to increase or decrease cable length.

The more photos you see about the components, the better off you will be. I hope I have been helpful.

Mar 17, 2013 | 2003 Mazda Tribute

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1998 Chevy S10 Pickup - Emergency Brake is stuck. How do I repair?


Your emergency break has a cable. I would say the cable is broke, in the lock position. I don't know the specifics, but the cable is probably broke.

Feb 17, 2011 | 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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We have a BMW 745 Li 2003. My wife pushed the parking brake button and now the parking brake won't release when she pushes the button again


hello doc....

The emergency brake is mechanical not electrical. There is no fuse for the emergency brake. It is most likely that the brake cable leading to the rear brakes is stuck. This is quite common in vehicles with automatic transmissions because the e-brake (parking brake) is not used very often. As a result the cables get rusty and stick. It is also possible that the cable needs to be adjusted; but it is more likely that it will need to be replaced due to 7 years of exposure to road dirt, water, salt, etc. etc. etc.


You may be able to release it by putting the car in drive and then into reverse to put a little pressure on the cable. If it does release for you, still have it checked as it will lock up again. Joe


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Dec 07, 2010 | 2003 BMW 7 Series

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Replacing rear brake shoes on a 1992 Ford F-150 2 wheel Drive Pickup. The shoes on the passenger side will not align properly because the emergency brake cable will not release. I, of course, made certain...


The easiest (and safest) fix is probably to cut the cable loose and replace it with a new one. If you are on a tight budget, you might be able to free it up by squirting penetrating oil into the ends of the cable. Let it soak a while, then try to work it loose. Replacement cables really aren't that expensive, and a new one could save you a lot of frustration. Good luck!!!

Aug 23, 2010 | 1992 Ford F150 SuperCab

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I cant get my spare tire down from my 2006 GMC Sierra. I think the mechanism might be stripped.


The spare tire support cable has an additional safety mechanism prevents the spare tire from falling onto the road should the cable break. This mechanism often gets filled up with road grit and won't release properly when you try and lower the spare. If your spare comes down a few inches then won't go any further then this is your problem. There should be some tin brackets included with your jack that are supposed to hold the spare tire up slightly off of the ground to allow some slack in the cable which usually [but not always] will allow the stuck mechanism to come loose. There is a more detailed description of this procedure in the owners manual. IF the spare won't move at all or the mechanism just won't release no matter what you do then you may have to have the entire spare support mechanism replaced.

Jun 14, 2010 | 2003 GMC Sierra

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Hood release on my 2000 S10 extreme is very loose & won't open hood! How do I open hood from grill? They did it at the garage once before & adjusted it but it has loosened up again


Get underneath with flashlight and large flat screwdriver or Tire iron and find black cable going to release. Grab cable and yank on it! or get tire iron in mechanism and pry it open.  Is a steel cable inside this black sheath that needs to be pulled to activate the release.  You could cut this cable about 18 inches away from lock and have it hang out the front of grill or put some lockwashers on the unit so it doesn't occur again.

Jun 08, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet S-10

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Saab 93 2003 the emergency break is stuck in the on position


Mine did that a few months ago. I ended up getting mad and pulling the plastic off of the emergency brake. It is just two halfs snapped together. After doing this, I could see that the cheap plastic trigger you squeeze to release the brake had a crack in it and was no longer able to pull the cable to release the brake. Until I get it fixed, I am able to just use one hand to pull up on the emergency brake slightly to ease the tension on the cable, then use the other hand the grasp the metal cable and pull it, which will allow the brake to be released back to it's lowered/released position. That was what was wrong in my case anyways... one of my MANY problems I've had with this car. I'd NEVER own another Saab.

Feb 17, 2010 | 2003 Saab 9-3

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Emergency break cable broke on 2004 silverado


I had the same problem on my 2003. Open the driver door all the way. Get on your knees just outside the door. Follow the plastic tub that holds the parking brake release cable inside the truck. Start from the release lever and follow to the end of the tube. There will be a metal lever that the cable was attached to before it broke. You have to pull that lever with your hand to release the parking brake. Very Important!!!...Hold the parking brake activation pedal with your other hand when you release the brake. Let the pedal out slowly when you pull the metal release lever. The pedal will come back very fast and you could injure yourself if you are not careful. Good luck!

Jul 27, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet 3500

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