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This is a discussion on handbrake problem within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Hi guys, I have an intermittent problem with my handbrake and would like to tap the fountain of knowledge on ...

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    handbrake problem

    Hi guys,
    I have an intermittent problem with my handbrake and would like to tap the fountain of knowledge on this here site.
    Sometimes when pulling up the handbrake lever I get a bang and a sound of a spring and the lever flies up with no tension and I have to put it back down then up again to engage the brakes.
    The other day I had the neighbour knock on my door to tell me the car was in the middle of the road!!!
    The handbrake is still on, but it rolled off the drive!!!
    Any ideas?

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    sounds like you have siezed hardware at the rear brakes.Chances are a pivot point or bushing has seized and you broke a cable, hence the loud noise.

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    Same thing happens to me....i find its only when i apply the brakes, and usualy when im slowing down from backing up.....you pull on the e-brake and theres no tension with a snap sound...put the e-brake back down, let go of the foot brake and pull the e-brake back up and its back to normal

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    JESUS! put the car in gear FFS!!!

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    ha, we arn't talkin about the 5.7l brake we all have under the hood

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    It does sound like something breaking but when I release the handbrake and reapply it the brakes work. So of course I must remember it's in reverse when I go to start it or I'll have a new display in my living room!!!

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    Yea, I have the same thing happen to me. Pull on the brake lever too hard and SNAP! Put the brake lever down and pull again, it's working normally. There is a fine line of pulling hard enough to keep the car from rolling and pulling too hard.

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    does it to me too. ever since I bought it new ???

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    same here, for the record. some sort of cable guiding issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timberman00 View Post
    Yea, I have the same thing happen to me. Pull on the brake lever too hard and SNAP! Put the brake lever down and pull again, it's working normally. There is a fine line of pulling hard enough to keep the car from rolling and pulling too hard.
    Same with mine. If you pull it too far, it overextends and disengages. Putting it back down and pulling it up with less force fixes the issue.

    If its happening all the time, its probably time for new parking brake shoes, because that means the handle has to travel too far upwards before the shoes push tight against the drum.

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    Mine did the same thing. I was having to pull it up then put it down and back up. I had the parking brake on and the car in reverse one day and came back to the car and the brake lever was all the way down. The handle was broke and the spring and rod was out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    JESUS! put the car in gear FFS!!!
    haha, everytime i put it in gear, i forget and stall right after i start it and look like a jack ass.

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    is the e brake self adjusting? If not, how do u adjust it?

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    The cable slack is self adjusted by pulling the handle up and down 3 times. The adjustment is made by the PB lever. If it doesn't adjust or feels like there is no tension then lube the handle assembly at the adjust pawl pin, handle ratchet, and the adjusting ratchet or replace the handle assembly.
    The only adjustment we can make is the PB shoe to drum clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    The cable slack is self adjusted by pulling the handle up and down 3 times. The adjustment is made by the PB lever. If it doesn't adjust or feels like there is no tension then lube the handle assembly at the adjust pawl pin, handle ratchet, and the adjusting ratchet or replace the handle assembly.
    The only adjustment we can make is the PB shoe to drum clearance.
    of course, haha

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    Check the ratchet and cable. It is probably bent, and is very common.

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    My car had 42000 miles when my parking brake started doing the same thing. I wonder if there should be a recall on this.

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    I usually don't use my parking brake, I just put it in 1st or Rev. But when I do use the PB, I can pull it up as hard and fast as I can without problems. Guess I'm lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rug View Post
    My car had 42000 miles when my parking brake started doing the same thing. I wonder if there should be a recall on this.
    Not every car has this problem.

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    not every car has to have the problem for there to be a recall, though.

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