Having problems with your Plymouth Voyager ?

1996 plymouth voyager, parking brake won't relese

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 15-07-2019

Answers :

Hello riogrand.

If you do not use your park brakes regularly it probably has a seized cable.
If the pedal does not try to return at all it will likely be the front cable. If it returns just a small amount it is most likely one of the two on the rear.
Sometimes if it isn't too badly seized (or frozen if it's cold) you can grab the cables and wiggle them enough to get them to move back. If you can find where the cable comes out of the rear of the front cable you can grab it and try to pull it back. It helps if you have someone holding the pedal release out while you do this.
Make sure it is in park and the wheels chocked when you do this operation just in case it rolls when it is released.
If the cable is badly seized you will need to have them replaced.

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Hi, well a parking brake cable which is used for a long period of time may rust or seize, so that the brake will not be able to be actuated when it is eventually desired to do so.\015\012\015\012
  • Make sure your car is turned off and your parking brake IS engaged and your clutch is UP.
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  • Put your car in first gear or neutral.
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  • Pump your FOOT breaks about 5 times.
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  • Turn your car on and then wait until you see the brake light in dash computer turn for 10 seconds.
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  • Release the hand break clutch down with your foot on the breaks.
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  • Put car in reverse and slowly take your foot off breaks.
\015\012Try those steps at least 3 times and if it still dont work then you will need to check the parking brake cable. If you choose to do it yourself, then make sure that when you lift the car up with the jack that you don't lift up the braking wheel. Usually the rear wheels are the ones that are stopped with parking brakes. \015\012
\015\012Safely jack it up, and use safety stands, spray penetrating fluid ( WD-40 or similar) on cables where they go in to any sleeves. Let it soak a few minutes, then try pulling and releasing slightly on handle to see if they'll let loose, as well as tap sleeve where cable goes in to sleeve. Also try a quick rap on rim of brake that is holding if they are standard metal rims. Try backing up slightly as well. Get them checked and lubed after as well as pull wheels and check for proper lube on shoes/calipers after.\015\012
\015\012Or better still call in your Auto Tech to fix it up......
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