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Old 01-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The previous owner never used the parking brake. I started using the parking brake. When I released the parking brake, I put the car in reverse, the tires grabbed real bad & the noise could be heard inside the house. I had to put it in drive and go forward a little before I could go in reverse. I am not using the parking brake until the problem is fixed & parked lower in the driveway. I am pretty sure it is a parking brake issue, I notice the parking brake pedal was not all the way back, until later that day. It worse after it is wet. My driveways is on an incline.

What is the problem & how much would a mechanic charge for this(ballpark)?

Any recalls on this issue?

Here is how I put on the parking brake according the Ford manual, I am on an incline. Keep Car in Drive, brake , put parking on, Shift to Park, release the normal brake slowly.

I may not be releasing it correctly. What is the correct way to release it-When you have to back out it?


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You pull the release leaver right?

I have never had an issue with the parking brake. Even with it fully depressed it won't lock the tires for me if I drive. Will deffinitley slow me down though.

It's a drum so it doesn't seem to work as well as disc brakes.

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Don't know the cost to fix but it is most likely some corrosion in the parking brake cables. You should have the rear drums pulled and inspect the brakes because it may be dragging. You may also want to feel the brake drum to see if it is hot after driving it a short distance.
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Yes, I pulled the release lever & the parking brake light goes off. Even though it doesn't totally release right away.
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Then something is causing it to stick on.


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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.
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Drums or discs?
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Don't think it is the parking brake after all. I left the car out all night without the parking brake on. It rained really heavy. When going in reverse, the tires grabbed but not as bad at it did with the parking brake on. I park on an incline.

Any ideas? I just hope it is not the transmission or very costly repair.

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If your brakes are not fully releasing in the rear because of a hung up cable they may be catching. If they are dragging they will heat up your drums and bearings and they may have to be replaced. You might want to take the car to a shop that gives free brake inspections.
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OP still hasn't answered the basic question, whether he's talking discs or drums. No sense in trying to give him a solution to a problem he won't describe.
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