I tried to release my parking brake today, but it got stuck at the top and the bottom won't come out. I removed the center console, but I can't find anything that will release it. Should I try loosening the nut at the base of the springs - it looks like a tension nut, but I'm worried I'll loosen too much. I'm pretty sure it's just a problem with the lever itself, but I'd be interested in hearing if it's something else. I've tried revving the car forward and backward and can't get enough play in the lever to release it. Any ideas? Thanks...
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hoq long has the parking brake been on? it may be rusted in place...usually if it is you may need to replace the parking brake cable.... but a quick fix may be remove the rubber plugs on the inside of the rear drums and use a flat screw driver to lift the adjusting lever and turn the adjusting screw gear back to release the brake shoes from the drum.... so depending on if the cableis rusty you may try wd-40 to loosen the cable? on maybe you have to replace the cable.
I've got a 00' S-10. The ratcheting mechanism stopped engaging when I lifted up on the pedal to release it in cold weather one day. Removed the parking brake pedal assembly today and got lucky with an easy fix. Within the ratcheting mechanism, the elbow of the torsion spring had been stuck against the release tab, holding it open. A light bump on the spring with a screwdriver got it unstuck and working fine again.
In hindsight, I could have probably fixed this without removing the assembly, but it was hard to see inside. Reach in there with a narrow screwdriver or rod and lightly bump the spring before you take it off completely, it could save you some time and hassle if this is the case.
With the parking brake released go under the car and trace the parking brake cable s all the way the the rear brakes. If no problem is found jack the rear of the car up and remove the rear wheels. Remove the brake drums (you might have to insert a brake tool or screwdriver and loosten the adjustment in order to get the drums off. Inspect both brake systems for problems. If you drove through water on your last trip and the car was parked for several days the rear shoes sometimes get stuck to the drums because of rust. Water on the shoes can also cause the automatic adjustors to over tighten the shoes and adjusting the tension with the brake tool or screwdriver will correct it. Most of the time the adjustment slot is on the backplate at the bottom and has a small rectangular rubber plug you have to remove to make the adjustment. Some of the newer vehicles have the adjustment on the front of the drum and is a round hole which must be near the top to reach the adjustor.
my car got stuck in park several times, i'm the brake lights would come on but i couldnt push the button to make my car move out of park...there's a tab on the right side at the top of the gear shifter console pop it out, stick a skrew driver down in and that should release it if that's your problem...it's a little bit of a rig, but it works, havent been stuck in park since
Your car will only shift out of park with the brake pedal down. If this does not release it, there is a bypass switch that is located in your center console near your gear selector. You'll actually have to remove your center console in order to access this bypass switch.
The release for the shifter is tied to the brake lites, check to see if the brake lights work, if they don't then test the brake light switch at the top of the brake pedal, if it lights a test lite when you press the brake it is ok, in that case you need to check the little solenoid that pulls the cable to unlock the shifter, it is bolted to the top of the steering column, in order to get at it you will have to unbolt the column and drop it dow.