How to unstick a parking brake?

By Product Expert | Posted in DIY Maintenance on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 9:59 pm
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Fixing a Stuck Parking Brake

Maybe you pulled up on the parking brake a bit too hard. Perhaps you use your emergency brake to drift around corners. Or it could even be that you never use the parking brake and the one time you did, it got stuck. Whatever the reason, it’s a hassle to deal with.

Here’s how you can unstick your vehicle’s parking brake. Note: this blog is not for a parking brake lever that won’t go down, but for when your vehicle’s parking brake won’t release.


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Fixing a Malfunctioning Parking Brake

A stuck parking brake can be the result of brake pads, calipers, drum, or lines not releasing when they should. As a result, there’s no simple, elegant DIY fix for a stuck parking brake. Our first suggestion is to apply and release the brakes numerous times in an effort jostle whatever is stuck loose. Bouncing the car up and down near the affect wheel may also help. If you have a floor jack and some jackstands, then you and jack up that corner, remove the wheel, and tap the affected parts with a hammer or mallet until they come loose.

Other fixes on the internet may recommend trying things like releasing the brake cable from the affected wheel or messing with the tension adjusters. While we regularly advocate for DIY auto service on this blog, in this instance, we do not recommend attempting these types of fixes if you’re unaccustomed to doing your own automotive service. They can wind up making things worse and leave your vehicle without brakes if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Get Your Brakes Fixed Professionally

If you’re uncomfortable with or unable to fix your own brakes, then CrossPointe Motor Cars can help you out. Our expert mechanics have the tools and the know-how to get your vehicle back out on the road. We recommend checking out our Service Specials to make sure you’re getting the best prices on our already-affordable services. You can schedule an appointment online or via phone.

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