What to know about the Emergency Brake Control:
Your vehicle is furnished with brakes on all four wheels to slow down and halt your vehicle while driving, and to hold your vehicle in position when you are engaged in gear. When your vehicle is furnishedwith an automatic transmission, a parking pawl is engaged when you put your shifter in park. But when you are parked on an incline, or if your vehicle is furnishedwith a manual transmission, what prevents your vehicle from rolling? Every vehicle is furnishedwith a parking brake, or emergency brake, that is manually applied for those circumstances.
SEE ALSO:WHAT IS PARKING BRAKE DRUM
An emergency brake pedal is pressed by foot and released by pressing a second time or pulling a release handle. A parking brake, or handbrake lever, is engaged by pulling up on it and released by pressing a button on the end of the lever and lowering the handle. In whichever situation, an emergency brake cable is attached to the apparatus and connects to the rear brakes. When the lever or pedal is engaged, the cable is pulled and the emergency brake shoes in the rear brakes are locked in position. The vehicle is not able to roll. If the emergency brake control lever or pedal will not hold in place, or will not engage the parking brake, it may need repairs.
Facts to Note:
The emergency brake, or parking brake, is constructed for safety, not for the purpose of performing automotive stunts, slides, or drifts.
Driving with the emergency brake engaged can cause excessive wear or damage to your braking system.
A parking brake which needs adjustment can mimic issues of an inoperative emergency brake control.
How to Fix:
The emergency brake control is confirmed it needs to be replaced
The faulty emergency brake control is removed
The new emergency brake control is installed
The engine is started and the emergency brake control is checked
The vehicle is tested for proper operation of the emergency brake control.
The parking brake should be checked for proper operation at least once annually. If the parking brake lever will not engage, release, or has no tension when applied, your emergency brake control may need to be changed by one of your expert technicians.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Emergency Brake Control:
The hand brake lever or emergency brake pedal will not return to the disengaged position.
The emergency brake pedal or lever will not engage.
There is no resistance in the emergency brake pedal or lever when engaged or released.
Importanceof this service:
The emergency brake is a feature that needs to function when braking in a panic, parking on a steep incline with any kind of vehicle, or simply parking with a manual transmission vehicle. If your parking brake control does not operate properly and cannot be adjusted, it needs to be changed immediately as a matter of safety.