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Old 11-16-07, 01:57 PM
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need advice!

I have a 99 pontiac bonneville SE, and the parking brake got stuck, it is the pedal parking brake, and I have to use a screw driver to take it off. Was something that broke in the pedal system?, something that I can fix?
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Old 11-16-07, 03:57 PM
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Usually that's the emergency brake cable. They get corroded and the cable won't slide in the casing. When you push the pedal down you put a lot more force on it than the return spring can. So you can apply it but it won't release.

You can trace the cable back to the rear set of brakes and try to lube it with penetrating oil. If the drag is at the open end of the casing you may be able to free it, otherwise you may have to replace the cable.

The other possibilities are the brake components themselves are frozen or the pedal pivot in the cab is frozen.

Hope this helps,

Bob
 
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Old 11-16-07, 04:04 PM
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Helpful Tip

It's a good idea to use the "PARKING BRAKE" regularly to keep the cables moving free. Also, some rear disc brake calipers only "Self Adjust" when the parking brake is used.
 
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Old 11-16-07, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by marbobj View Post
Usually that's the emergency brake cable. They get corroded and the cable won't slide in the casing. When you push the pedal down you put a lot more force on it than the return spring can. So you can apply it but it won't release.

You can trace the cable back to the rear set of brakes and try to lube it with penetrating oil. If the drag is at the open end of the casing you may be able to free it, otherwise you may have to replace the cable.

The other possibilities are the brake components themselves are frozen or the pedal pivot in the cab is frozen.

Hope this helps,

Bob
Yup. My 98 Regency has a froze up park brake lever in the left rear. I need to fix that one of these days .
 
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Old 11-17-07, 10:09 AM
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Is it the kind that you press down to release?
If it is it could be a bad release mechanism.

And on the other hand as the other posts have stated the cable may be frozen.
 
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Old 11-19-07, 03:04 PM
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It is the press down to release, I live in socal so no frozen things, what I found on the floor mat is like a piece of a spring or something, that's why I thought it was a spring. Can I take the hole thing out of the car to check it?, is it hard or can I damage something else if I don't do it correctly?.

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Old 11-19-07, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by ccmarnaj View Post
It is the press down to release, I live in socal so no frozen things, what I found on the floor mat is like a piece of a spring or something, that's why I thought it was a spring. Can I take the hole thing out of the car to check it?, is it hard or can I damage something else if I don't do it correctly?.

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Not actually frozen but crusted up from non use.
I'll check mine and see what it looks like.
 
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