What to know about the Parking Brake Release Cable:
Your parking brake only plays a role in safety after parking your car, but it’s a vital part of automotive equipment. When you engage the brake, either by pulling the handle between the two front seats or pressing the pedal on the driver side, it engages a secondary braking system aimed to help hold your car in place and alleviate unwanted pressure on your transmission.
You need to release the brake before you can safely drive once more, and this is where the parking brake release cable comes into play. With regards on the setup in your specific vehicle, you’ll either push a release button, or push the pedal again to activate the release cable and disengage the parking brake. Without an operational brake cable, the e-brake won’t disengage, which can be difficult. Driving with the brake on is never a good idea.
Facts to Note:
Your parking brake release cable should be checked during normal maintenance.
The release cable generally runs the length of your vehicle under the body.
Release cable hardware can also cause problems.
How to Fix:
The dash panels are removed for access
The faulty parking brake release cable is detached
The new parking brake release cable is fixed
The dash panels are reinstalled
The vehicle parking brake is checked for proper operation
If your parking brake release cable is not functioning and the brake is engaged, do not drive the vehicle. That will only spoil the braking system and increase your repair bill. One of your expert mechanics will often be able to fix the problem in short order.
SEE MORE:HOW TO REPAIR A PARKING BRAKE
Common symptoms indicating you may need to changethe Parking Brake Release Cable:
Parking brake won’t disengage
Importanceof this service:
Having a working parking brake release cable is essential. Devoid of one, you won’t be able to use your parking brake (or disengage the brake if it’s on). We recommend you work with your expert mechanics who can analyze the problem.