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1997 Saturn SL-2 emergency brake handle BUTTON fell out / off. Emergency brake functional, but can't leave car out of gear (manual)when vehicle is unattended. Live in flat Florida so no huge deal.

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  • icecreammom Jul 21, 2008

    Same with me-just walked out to the car and saw the button on the center console. Am looking for a fix.....fortunately we live in a flat area so probably can get by without it.

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    Had the release button explode in my hand on a 1996. Anyone know of replacement parts for the Saturns. I'm guessing they're all completely interchangable.

  • ralex420 Jan 12, 2009

    I own a 99 Saturn SL1 and the emergency brake handle is missing the button. The brake works when pulled up, but it useless as a parking brake.. Can anyone advise me?

  • Astro1113 Feb 19, 2009

    '96 Saturn SC series. Parking brake release button just popped off. Have we found parts?

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I have a 98 SL. Take the plastic cover off (screw on passanger side of brake) and replace button with new one. Disadvantage is replacement part is $39. (no wonder Saturn is being dumped by GM) Can temp fix w/duct tape.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    i have a 98 saturn sl and my emergency button fell off. my emergency brake works but won't stay locked up in place. how do i fix that?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    1999 SL parking brake button popped off. The brake works, but does not stay in place. I am propping it up with an ice scraper, it works for now.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    ive got an 05 ion with the same problem. tough to see inside the brake handle to determine what the real problem is...

  • lilt9001 Apr 20, 2009

    i came outside to my car and the button was sitting on my dashboard anyone know what i have to do to repair?



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Well my 97 sl2's button also flew out of the emergency brake handle. I got frustrated when i saw how much they wanted for the parts to get it fixed. But the solution was as close as my tool box. I found a forgotten tube of 5 ton epoxy resin. And since i didn't feel like spending $100,00 i took the cover off the emergency brake put epoxy gel inside the broken button put the spring on and put the plastic piece in place put on and held the button down for 10 minutes with my bare hands until set to usable strength and now it works perfectly.

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Could be that you either need to replace your rear brakes or have the ebrake cable far as the button falling off....unsure...

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  • pradomd Jan 26, 2011

    te black platic button is broken on the sides, I used two small pieces of a popsicle stick, cut the pieces to exactly fit the sides of the button, used crazy glue to put them together, and then simply assemble again the ebrake by removing the screw that is on the left bottom side

  • HYZOOT Jun 06, 2011

    Not sure what the structural rigidity (life) of popsicle sticks may be? I have spoken to my GM parts expert just now, and he says the button is no longer available. He shows the only way he sees the button listed in GM catalogue is with the entire Emergency Brake AHandle Assembly, which lists near $100.00! To add insult to injury; GM also lists tha assembly as no longer available!
    Does anyone out there know if anyone like Motor Mite (HELP) may have starte to carry this button?



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