Exalted Grand Poobah
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Myers, Florida USA
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 12v Vulcan V6
Rep Power: 65
What to do depends on whether you have rear discs or rear drums. On a drum system, your most likely sticking point(s) are anywhere the cable is sheathed since rust and grime can build up inside. Spray or drip penetrating oil at all contact points to let it work in and loosen up any binding in the cable; then take up any slack at the adjuster.
Not sure how the parking brake works with rear discs, never saw one up close and personal; but there has to be some sort of lever at the caliper, to enable the cable actuator to work the hydraulic brake. Lubricate all moving parts, and hope someone more knowledgeable jumps in here.
As far as using and releasing the brake, just remember the parking brake takes the place of you sitting there all night with your foot on the service brake pedal. Engage the brake as described in your manual; to disengage, put foot on service brake; shift out of Park before releasing parking brake. The whole idea is to avoid putting shear forces on the parking pawl in the transmission. They do break.
Somehow, people since 2005 have "issues."
I love helping people with problems. Biggest problem many people have is, trying to change the English language. "Issues" are NOT problems.
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