forgot to release the hand brake


Old 06-20-04, 07:26 PM
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forgot to release the hand brake


I drove my car for about 5 minutes (local miles...stop and go) and forgot to release my hand brake until I smell something burning. Am I in store for some major issues? Should I have a mechanic look at it?

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Old 06-20-04, 08:25 PM
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Location: Cape Cod
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Well, you shouldn't have been able to move at all with your emergency brake on
This means you should have someone adjust your rear brakes for you
It would be a good idea to have them inspected at the same time
Best case: rear brake adjustment
Worst case: new pads/shoes, rotors/drums (it would have been time for these anyway/soon enough if you find you need these though)

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