My 1999 saab 9-3 seems to have a stuck handbrake. Can I drive it? I can't move lever up or down, button does not affect the lever. I am on Eastern Shore of Md. on a Sat. of course when I find this out.
If the handbrake is stuck on, with the brakes engaged, NO you should not drive it, as the brakes will overheat, or not move at all if fully engaged. If you aren't sure if they are engaged, it's easy to test. Just put the car in gear and try to drive ahead, on a flat surface. If the car goes forward without stepping on the gas, the brake is not engaged, and you can drive it. If you give it some gas, and it feels like it's holding back, or not moving, the brake is on and it shouldn't be driven. Is the brake handle in the down position ? If so, the button to move it is probably broken, and needs to be replaced, if it is stuck in the up, or on position, try pulling up and pushing the button in at the same time, it should release. Let me know how you make out. Good luck! Curt
Jul 11, 2009 |
1999 Saab 9-5