: HELP! Emergency/Parking Brake Locked, can't release 1969 Deville



nroth314
08-11-09, 11:01 AM
I parked on a hill and instead of using the regular break I used the parking break. When I put the car in drive it did not move because the break is stuck. Is there any way to manually release the parking break? Thank you in advance,
Noah

VortecCaddy
08-11-09, 12:35 PM
Cut the parking brake cable. May be a little hard since you are on a hill. I would suggest removing the drum to see what is binding up.

jayoldschool
08-11-09, 12:46 PM
Whoa! Don't cut the cable. You can probably get it to release by just reaching underneath and pulling on it!

If the brake is stuck on, he can't remove the drum ;)

nroth314
08-11-09, 12:49 PM
jay - thanks, able to pull the lever. looking around the boards - cool site!

Stingroo
08-11-09, 12:58 PM
This site is amazing. I've learned like a hundred different things about my car. It's crazy.

MHCadi69CP
06-19-16, 08:11 PM
jay - thanks, able to pull the lever. looking around the boards - cool site!

Jay and @nroth314 - guys I am in the same situation for some reason suddenly. Car is in my garage but when I shift from P to N id does not release the brake. Is there any pull handle inside the car to release this manually?

When you say pull the cable what you mean? I looked underneath and the cable is so tight it feels like tied to a space shuttle!!! please guide...

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OK, guys based on previous suggestions - I went under the hood and I do see a manual release lever that activates the vacuum valve. I can see that while I pull the manual release lever.

I think the brake does dis-engaged. A bit of a relief ...

Now, it looks like while the car is running and you move the gear from P (handbrake engage) to either N/R/D etc. it does not automatically disengages. Has anyone troubleshooted this? where should I start? looks like the gear is not engaging the vacuum?

bigm57ict
06-20-16, 08:22 AM
Usually it's either a vacuum leak or the vacuum solenoid for the brake release.
Do your other vacuum operated functions work?

MHCadi69CP
06-21-16, 12:08 AM
Usually it's either a vacuum leak or the vacuum solenoid for the brake release.
Do your other vacuum operated functions work?

A bit new here, what other systems use this vacuum mode? HVAC, heater? anything else?