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Old 13 Aug 2012, 01:30 pm
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Default Releasing a jammed E-Brake?

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping someone has some tips to release an E-brake that is jammed on. I parked my 2003 PT cruiser 2 weeks ago, and put the brake on for safety. I tried to move the car today, but the E-brake is jammed on even when I release the handle.

Anyone have any tips on how to release it?

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Old 13 Aug 2012, 03:08 pm
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Try going in reverse. Might unjam it.
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Old 13 Aug 2012, 03:31 pm
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You may be lucky and they free off by doing as Crewzin suggested but if not and assuming that the brake cables are not seized, then it's just pad/shoe stiction. Jack it up, pull each wheel off and give the drums/ discs a good bump or two with a hammer in the centre around the wheel studs. Get a long bar and give the wheels a few turns both ways then fire the wheels back on

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Old 13 Aug 2012, 06:48 pm
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You may be lucky and they free off by doing as Crewzin suggested but if not and assuming that the brake cables are not seized, then it's just pad/shoe sticksion. Jack it up, pull each wheel off and give the drums/ discs a good bump or two with a hammer in the centre around the wheel studs. Get a long bar and give the wheels a few turns both ways then fire the wheels back on
Good idea. I bought me one of these rubber hammers that the head is filled with sand, so that when you use it, the momentum is doubled at impact and yet being rubber it doesn't do any damage. Something like that to smack your rotors or drums might work.

Have you actually checked your rears to see if the cable is loosening when you release the brake handle? Also, you have an adjustment on the rears, you can get to it from underneath, might be able to pop them loose there.
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That hammer would be deferred to as a dead blow. Prevents recoil. Yep like they have said if it doesn't break lose buy driving it, pull the wheels and give e'm a good whack.
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Default Re: Releasing a jammed E-Brake?

Thanks for the info guys. I've tried rocking, and the passenger side released, but not the drivers side.

The downside is that I parked it at my Mother in laws who lives in an apartment. I don't have a lot of space to jack it up and remove the wheel. I'll give it a go today. Hopefully the car next to me will not be there and I can get to it.
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