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Suspension, Brakes and Tires Discussion, emergency brake problem??? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; hello again everybody, i have yet another problem with my 1991 SDV, i went to get it inspected today and ...
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    anthonioj is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    emergency brake problem???

    hello again everybody, i have yet another problem with my 1991 SDV, i went to get it inspected today and it failed because the emergrncy brake won't stay out when you push it to the floor? i read the owners manual and tried to apply the emergency brake according to the manual and it still won't lock when i push the pedal down? it will lock the wheels when i push it down so i know it works. what can i do? thx...

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    Re: emergency brake problem???

    bump...

    you may try posting this in the brake section too.

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    Re: emergency brake problem???

    Is this problem only with the car in gear? If so then there is nothing wrong. There is a vacuum hose attached to the petal to make it release when you put the car in gear.

    If it happens with the car in park, you have a problem. If so, you're gonna have to do some inspecting of the brake petal. To get a better look at it, you may need to take off the underdash panel. Look to see if the release lever is stuck, or if the spring detached itself from the release lever. Also detach the vacuum hose and fiddle around with the little mechanical arm attached to the vacuum canister. When you mess with everything, keep on trying the pedal, to see if it worked.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: emergency brake problem???

    In addition to the other fine suggestions, you might try spraying the mechanism with some WD-40 or equivalent. It gets pretty rusty and the pawl may be hanging up.

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    Re: emergency brake problem???

    i've tried the manual release lever and it moves freely, it won't hold in or out of gear. i'm going to try and look under the dash today, thanks, i'll keep you posted.

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