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Several things to consider: Cable wear. The emergency break is generally activated by a steel cable. As the cable gets older, rusts, and wears, it can eventually totally break instead of braking. :) This shouldn't be an issue on a 3 years old car, but if your vehicle has reached 10-15 years old, you should definitely not depend on the cable to stop you. ...


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If you are concerned that you need it as an over-ride you could consider fitting an extra pedal box and getting brakes that way. You may find enough room on the bulkhead / firewall to have a simple mechanical linkage that will work. Ask driving schools where they get the work done. I started both my sons at12 / 13 just becase they were interested and used ...


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2 possibilities. Rotor is rusted to the center hub, soak center hub with penetrant then take a medium hammer and tap between studs to loosen it from center hub. Some rotors have threaded holes near the studs where you can install and tighten metric bolts to push the rotor off. That particular model has a brake shoe for the parking brake and it is hidden ...


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According to this Delaware DMV page, the parking brake must stop a vehicle in 54 feet from 20 mph. For reference, the foot brake has to stop the car in 20' from the same speed. It doesn't sound like you're registering the car as an antique/collector, but if you do, you only have to pass the inspection once. As for checking the function of the brake, I ...


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The clutch, e-brake pads, and tires are almost certainly all fine. They can take a lot of abuse and if they're still working (assuming no noticeable tire gouges) they are fine. You probably ought to have the underside of your car's frame checked, though. If it scratched off the coating you could get rust problems later on, especially if you live where they ...


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From what you describe it sounds like the warning light is a relatively simple circuit. I'd guess that it is "active low" with the various switches/sensors providing a ground for the warning light. That would explain why putting on the hand brake makes the light a bit brighter – it adds another path to ground and increases the current through the bulb. So, ...


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They are lying to you. The cables attach to the same calipers they worked on. This leads me to believe they either forgot to reconnect them or failed to adjust it properly. I would suggest you take it back to them and demand they fix it properly or take it to a different mechanic.


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Well, the thing is, you already have this two different ways in the car. If the transmission is not in Park or Neutral, the ignition should not release the key. If you open the door and the key is still in the ignition, there's a beep or a buzzer that will let you know. The hand brake, when applied, turns on a red light on your instrument panel. How did ...


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I always put a very thin coat of copper grease on the mating surfaces and also on the mating surface between the rotor and the alloy wheel. Only a small amount is needed and you want to make sure that there isn’t too much that can run onto the rotor friction area even when hot.


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As just about everybody else pointed out, the e-brake/hand brake will not stop the car unless the driver is intending to stop the car. 2 things: I once had a leak in the braking system and I did use the hand brake to stop the car at traffic lights just to limp home. I was shifting into neutral and applying the hand brake, and it did stop the car, just not ...


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The parking brake system is made of of: Brake pedal (or handle in a car) Front cable that goes from the pedal or handle to an equalizer A cable for each side that goes from the equalizer to the brakes The rear brake (drum, caliper, or drum inside a rotor) I would inspect each of these items. As @mike65535 said, there is likely something seized up, or ...


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As I wrote in my comment, the cable is very likely bound up. Contaminants (e.g., dirt) get inside and the cable won't return. When you release it, the system gives just enough so that the emergency brakes are not fully engaged, so that's consistent with your being able to drive it. But it could also be the brake assembly itself - on one side or even both. ...


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If the dash light for brakes is flashing , it is a maintenance issue for pad wear sensors or low fluid


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You're looking for two switches/circuits. The "door is open" circuit, which closes/energizes when a front door is open. The main purpose of this circuit is to light the dome light. The "Park/neutral safety switch" which (hopefully) opens when the car is in park or neutral. This is normally an interlock with the starter motor to keep you from cranking ...


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Why not use a small 12v buzzer, relay and a push type switch (push to close) fitted to the handbrake so that if the door is open the buzzer sounds : just have the relay "earth" through the door switch - may need a diode though (otherwise the relay could earth through the interior light). Another solution fit a second door switch...


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So is safe to say that the only ones that have an emergency brake are the mustangs of the ‘90s or an instructor car


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Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. The years you listed and the access you required is present in these cars.


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This is not safe : One you won't have any rear brakes at all, Two if you proceed with this course of action then you need to stop the hydraulic fluid coming into the, now empty, wheel cylinders and I don't advise this course anyway. Three - it would be better to keep all the brakes intact (shoes, pistons, springs) and allow them to work as normal but just ...


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If you have an emergency brake drum cast into the rotor, the emergency brake may not be releasing, on that side. It could be a seized cable, or a seized actuator lever. Have a helper apply and release the emergency brake, while you watch the cable which feeds that wheel. If there is no movement of that cable, and no sound of movement in the drum area, your ...


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Depending how the e-brake is setup, you may need to release it to get the rotor off. Some e-brakes are setup like drums INSIDE the rotor. Others are setup on the caliper to close the caliper. You will need to see if the emergency brake cable is connected to the caliper or behind the rotor. I know some dodges in the 90's had the disc/internal drum setup. I ...


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I have the same problem with my 06 G6. The pins in your calipers are likely seized. Try cleaning or replacing the slide pins. If that doesn't help, it's probably time for calipers.


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No, pulling it too hard will not damage your car. Ultimately the mechanism is much stronger than you. But it may make the releasing part more difficult because you have to pull a little up to release the locking mechanism. If your handbrake is working properly, you shouldn't need to pull so much that you struggle when you are releasing it. Also pressing the ...


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