Mechanical Parking Brake Problems in popular cars

Mechanical Parking Brake problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Mechanical Parking Brake problems reported in most popular vehicles.

car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Chevrolet Tahoe

2001 Chevrolet Tahoe has an inoperative emergency brake system. Problem is currently be investigated and repaired. The failure date was Wednesday, September 22, 2004.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Chevrolet Tahoe

The car is a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The parking brake does not prevent vehicle from rolling. This has been a problem since the vehicle was new. Dealer heard our complaints several times and has "serviced" the brake. Independent service station affirmed that the brake can not be reparied to the point that it will prevent the vehicle from rolling. With the parking brake pedal applied to the floor, the vehicle freely rolls on even gentle slopes. The only thing that keeps the vehicle from rolling when it is parked is having the gearbox in the 'park' position. This is not only harmful to the transmission but we are reminded daily that the car has no mechanical means of stopping if we lose our hydraulic brakes. It was Jul. 18, 2005 when this mechanical parking brake issue occurred.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Chrysler Town & Country

The vehicle was a 1997 Chrysler town and country. The car had a crash. Consumer contacted the dealer to have the recall work preformed for the master cylinder 96v215000, repairs were done. After leaving the dealership and upon making a stop, the vehicle continued to move. Consumer also stated that the emergency brake was engaged, causing the consumer to hit a bike rider. This problem occurred on Friday, April 25, 1997.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Chrysler Town & Country

The car is a 1996 Chrysler town and country. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1C4GP55R9T_. Emergency park brake lever has separated from brake twice. Mechanic stated that cable connecting lever to brake mechanism was rubbing against another part, became frayed, and broke. Dealer has been notified. It was Sat., Nov. 1, 1997 when this mechanical parking brake issue occurred.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Dodge Dakota

The vehicle involved is a 2001 Dodge Dakota. The car had a crash. The VIN of this vehicle is 1B7GG226X9_. Consumer was taking vehicle out of park and emergency brake release handle broke in consumer's hand. Consumer was stepping out vehicle and saw a small metal piece on ground. With one foot out, vehicle started to roll back, knocking consumer to ground and dragging him across a main highway. Consumer suffered 2 broken ribs. Part was repaired by the dealer, adding a plastic tie, and it broke again. There will never be a fix if plastic tie was going to be used. This mechanical parking brake issue occurred May. 23, 2001.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Dodge Dakota

The VIN of this Dakota is 1B7GG23YXT_. Dear david, thank you for your recent email to daimlerchrysler motors regarding your 996 Dodge Dakota. I'm sorry to hear about the recurring problem you've experienced with your parking brake. Daimlerchrysler original mopar parts are designed with the highest standards in mind. We have every confidence in the quality of our parts. Though mopar products are built to last, we do acknowledge that, as with all man-made materials, they are susceptible to wear, and may require replacement earlier than what may be perceived as normal. Our sincerest apologies for the problems you have experienced. This problem occurred on Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2004.. Read more...

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Ford F-450

The car involved is a 2001 Ford F-450 sd. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FDXW47F21_. When trying to push down emergency brake it would not go down. Took to dealer, and they replaced clutch assembly. Please provide any further information. This mechanical parking brake problem happened on Thu., Aug. 1, 2002.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Ford F-250

The vehicle was a 1999 Ford F-250. The VIN of this vehicle was 1FTNW21L6X_. Parking brake does not hold when set. A lot of force is need to set barking brake. Campain id 98v101000 seems to be the same problem with my f250 superduty. Abs problem: brakes go into abs mode when braking on rough (bumpy roads) dry road surfaces. This happens when truck has no load in it. My stopping distances are increased unpredictably. .

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of GMC Yukon

The vehicle involved is a 2001 GMC Yukon xl. The VIN of this vehicle is 3GKEC16T71_. 2001 Yukon parking brake was pre-maturely worn. My own rudimentary research shows that this is becoming a pervasive problem for many late model gm SUV/truck owners. Brake shoe was gone, scraping metal to metal with rotor. Parking brake was not functional and potential hazardous if relied upon for parking on an incline. Defect in the brake shoe alone was $250 to repair + $200 to replace the rotor damaged by the faulty brake shoe. Gm has acknowledged this problem with a service bulletin, but refuses to replace voluntarily. This mechanical parking brake problem happened on Jan. 2, 2006.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of GMC Yukon

The vehicle involved was a 2001 GMC Yukon denali. Parking brake failure: results from one time driving off with the parking brake on or simply towing a trailer and parking it on a hill and setting the parking brake. The parking brake on these 1999-2002 GMC trucks and suvs are a dangerous. They gives no indication that the parking brake is working because the pedal feels the same, no resistance, when working and when not. Our friends own a 2002 denali and we were at a boat ramp, he backed the denali with the boat on the trailer on the boat ramp, parked it and loaded the boat. Climbed back in to launch it and the truck's transmission had torque locked because the parking brake failed. We had to get our car to tow him slightly forward to get the transmission to release. If the parking pin in the transmission failed due to over exersion from lack of a function parking brake, it could cause serious injury and major property damage. When we tried to fix our parking brake in our denali, we discovered that we would have to replace the hub as well because the pads had destroyed the inside of the hub to the point that it would not work even if the pads were replaced. This is the case in everyone that we know who owns a gm truck. This mechanical parking brake problem happened on 08/12/04.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Honda Civic

The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is SHHEP33562_. I suspect the parking brake for the 02 Honda Civic si is defective. With the engine running and my foot off the brakes but with the parking brake fully engaged, the car rolled forward on my driveway and rolled backwards while I was waiting for a traffic light changeover. Since these 2 incidents, I've always keep my foot on the brakes waiting for light changeover and when parked, I put the car in gear and use the parking brake as well. The times the car rolled, I was on a very slight incline. Several people on edmunds. Com and ephatch. Com forum have reported similar experiences. This issue happened on Thu., Dec. 5, 2002.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Honda Civic

The vehicle having this issue was a 1996 Honda Civic. Car was parked off with emergency brake released by itself almost hit another car , please describe .

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Jeep Wrangler

The car involved is a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. The VIN of the problem Wrangler is 1J4FY19S6W_. Emergency brake handle works itself loose with use, must be tightened constantly. This mechanical parking brake issue occurred Sep. 1, 1997.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Jeep Cherokee

The vehicle having this issue was a 1997 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1J4FJ68SOV_. Parking brake releases itself with any slight touch to the handle. This issue happened on Saturday, July 4, 1998.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Lincoln Aviator

The vehicle involved is a 2003 Lincoln Aviator. VIN of the vehicle was 5LMEU88HX3_. Replacement of rear brakes by dealer resulted in discover of parking brake problem and replacement. The parking brake unit is located behing the brake rotor and cannot be visibly checked during routine safety inspections. The brake components were corroded to the point of disintegration and the brake pads had separated from the unit. The vehicle is out of warranty by a few months and approx. 5000 miles. I rarely use the parking brake and the dealership stated that was part of the problem and probable cause of failure of the parts. Based on conversations with the dealership mechanic, and other auto mechanic acquaintances, this is apparently a common problem with this make vehicle. In an emergency the "emergency brake" would have failed and life and property would have been endangered. The explanation that non-use of a safety component can render it useless is not acceptable to me, especially since this part cannont be visually inspected during routine safety inspections. A complaint was filed with the Ford motor company and the response was simply that the warranty coverage expired and that no further action would be taken. Again, "unacceptable". . . The old parts were not returned and I assume disposed of. . The failure date was Tuesday, July 17, 2007.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Mazda Tribute

The vehicle involved is a 2002 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Mazda Tribute is 4F2YU09112_. The brakes failed on 11/22/02 at 16,714 miles. The dealership changed the master cylinder as defected. On 1/03/03 at 19,632 miles the brakes failed again. Again the dealer changed the master cylinder as defective. I questioned whether this was the cause since it happened twice and didn't feel this was the root cause. On 1/10/03 at 20,634 miles the brakes failed again. In all three cases the brake pedal goes to the floor and will not stop the vehicle. The daelership now says its an abs problem. The emergency brake does not stop the vehicle either. This mechanical parking brake issue occurred Jan. 10, 2002.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Mercury Mountaineer

The vehicle was a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 4M2DU55P0V_. Inside parking brake handle broke off while releasing.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Mercury Marquis

The car was a 2002 Mercury Marquis. Emergency brake release mechanism frozen with brake on. Emergency brake release in cabin returned to normal position giving indication that the brake had been released. End result complete wipe out of rear brakes and damage to drums. Failure found by the servicing dealer after warranty expired. Yet on each of the last two(2) occasions when car went in for service I requested " check emergency brake" emergency brake pedal 1"+/- off the floor response was brakes o. K. Only after the expiration of the warranty was problem found. My grand Marquis has been serviced by no one but smith cairnes, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury. If by some stroke of luck I had depended soley on the emergency brake a serious accident could have resulted by a runaway car. To add insult to injury it cost me in excess of $500. 00 to correct the problem. This mechanical parking brake problem happened on August 29, 2005.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Saturn SW2

The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1G8ZK8270W_. Brake failure. On sr88 southbound to liberty rd. 19'98 Saturn Sw2, 110000 miles. Condition excellent. Coming to liberty rd at about 55 mph slowng for rt turn. . Brake pedal went to the floor. Zero braking effect. Luckily pulled ahead to a wide, safe shoulder. Called aaa for tow,,meantwhile pumped pedal for half hour when got slsight response from pedal which finally about 45 minutes later gave full pedal. Cancelled tow. Went into lodi, CA about 15 more miles safely. Saturn dealer states that nothing could be found wrong with the system. Mechanic states that if the parking brake were engaged even slightly the rear drums would overheat and cause the brake fluid to get so hot that bubbles would form in it thus no brakes. No leaks were found anywhere in the system. Master cylinder ok . All brake pistons ok. Brakes are ok as of this date. (6-30-04). Date of incident was 6-20-04. . Time/date of dealers report: 21 June 04 at 0839pdt. Service order 76755 primary tech. 004. This problem occurred on Sunday, June 20, 2004.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Saturn SL2

The car is a 1998 Saturn Sl2. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1G8ZJ5273W_. Emergencey brake non-functional after 1/8 inch daimeter plastic button retainer broke. Ts assembled such that if it fails it is disengauged, resulting in a car that can roll down inclines. This mechanical parking brake issue occurred Tue., Jul. 1, 2003.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Toyota RAV4

The car was a 1998 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JT3GP10V2W_. Brake switch release handle failed. It was Wednesday, July 1, 1998 when this mechanical parking brake issue occurred.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Toyota Camry

The car involved is a 2001 Toyota Camry. The VIN of the problem Camry is 4T1BG22K91_. While setting the emergency brake, the plastic button which holds the brake in place detached from the handle, and now the brake will not hold, and the parking brake now does not stay set. I feel that this is an unsafe situation, but I have not been able to find anybody with the replacement part. Please contact me immediately with a plan of action. Thank you, david wisdom. It was Sep. 21, 2005 when this mechanical parking brake issue occurred.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Volkswagen Jetta

The vehicle involved was a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. I started my car to leave work and when I put it in reverse the car would not back up. I thought it was the transmission? I had vehicle towed in for repair to local dealer, they replaced a switch in the abs system that was causing the brakes to stick. As of today the car is back at the dealer with the same problem. In August of 2002 the switch in the brake pedal that allows you to put the car into gear had went out. The dealer replaced the switch and when I picked up my car the brakes were grabing as I left the dealer, I immediately brought it back and told them it was not right. A mechanic and I road tested the car and he stopped and physically pulled up on the brake pedal to make the brakes release. He stated there was nothing wrong. That evening the car did the same thing while I was on the interstae and caused such a drag on the wheels that you could not go over 40mph. I was able to pull off at an exit and pulled on the brake pedal to make it release. The next day on my way to work I had the car in cruise control and when I tapped the brake for cruise to release, the brakes locked on the car again and I had to pull up on the brake with my foot to try to get them to turn loose. The cruise did not release, it got stuck, I had to turn it off with the switch on the steering mechanisim. I told the dealer that I would not drive the vehicle because I felt this problem was dangerous and they had it towed for service. They stated the switch they had just replaced the day before was faulty. I asked them to check the bearings and rotars for possible damage due to the brakes sticking while driving on the highway. I feel all of these problems are related to each other and one may have been precluded the others. As I stated previously the car is back at the dealer for the same problem and I just happen to be 2,000 miles out of warranty. The car has had a warranty recall for a part in the abs system which was done at the dealer. This has all happened after the recall. This issue happened on Jan. 30, 2003.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of BMW 540

The car involved was a 1998 BMW 540i. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was WBADE5322W_. Both sun visors cracked along weld seam. Replaced by dealer. Temperature control switche covers broken. Replaced by dealer. Noticed the design of new covers is different and eliminates risk of failure. Parking brake doesn't hold. Dealer admits bad desin and tried different shoes without success in past. Deler couldn't fix, resulting in safety hazard. This issue happened on Sep. 24, 2001.

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car   Mechanical Parking Brake problem of Buick Lesabre

The vehicle involved is a 1997 Buick Lesabre. Emergency brake malfunctioned.

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