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My 1997 Jag xk8 hand brake is on very lightly and I can drive it but the brake is on and I cannot get it to release....

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    Robert Puleo May 27, 2011

    Thanks but the question was how to release hand brake---You said the small electric/electronic switch might be damaged...Ok how to get at it please---Also if there is no damage my friend said pull brake all the way up then release--What do you think---

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Your brake cables are seized you are going to need new ones
in the mean time you can crawl under your car and wiggle the cables
with the emergency brake off the brakes will slack off for you


i hope this helps you
bob

Posted on May 28, 2011

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Welcome to Fixya

Beneath the handbrake level there would be a small electric/electronic switch which must have got damaged and need to be replaced. There's one more serious concern sometimes when the main brakes malfunction the same indicator glows so better get your vehicle's entire braking system thoroughly checked.


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  • Jose Cada
    Jose Cada May 28, 2011

    If it's cable actuated, the cable needs replacing. I would dismantle
    the handbrake lever mechanism. If the lever is covered with a rubber
    boot, pull it back, and undo, or unscrew the cables.

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