Why is My Parking Brake Not Working?

Parking Brake Not Working

If your car has a parking brake or emergency brake not working, meaning it is not holding or engaging or it has failed inspection, there are a few fixes you can do and parts you can inspect to get it working again. These steps from our mechanics will show you how to diagnose and fix an emergency brake not working or holding yourself.

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How to Inspect and Fix a Failed Parking Brake

Symptoms of a Parking Brake Not Working

  • Parking brake does not hold/stop the vehicle, causing it to roll
  • Failed inspection for a parking brake

How to Fix a Parking Brake Not Working

1. Adjust the Parking Brake Lever

If the parking brake lever is not working, you might be able to fix it by adjusting the lever with these steps.

Steps for Adjusting a Parking Brake Lever Not Working

  1. Pry Up the Parking Brake Bezel

    Detach the parking brake lever bezel with a trim tool

  2. Remove the Boot

    Remove the protective boot from the parking brake lever to access the adjustable bolt

  3. Tighten the Adjustor Bolt

    Tighten the adjustor bolt with a deep socket, socket extension, and ratchet

  4. Test the Handle’s Resistance

    Pull the handle to test its resistance and adjust the bolt accordingly

2. Inspect and Fix the E-Brake Cable

If the emergency brake is not working after adjusting the lever, inspect the e-brake cables from underneath the vehicle.

Corroded and torn e-brake cable
Corroded and torn e-brake cable
  1. Follow the emergency brake cables underneath the vehicle and inspect them for tearing and/or corrosion
  2. Confirm the e-brake cable is connected to the brake drum
Disconnected e-brake cable
Disconnected e-brake cable

Replace the E-Brake Cable Yourself

If the e-brake cable needs replacing, change one yourself with the step-by-step instructions in 1A Auto’s how-to videos for many makes and models

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If your car has a parking brake or emergency brake not working, meaning it is not holding or engaging or it has failed inspection, there are a few fixes you can do and parts you can inspect to get it working again.
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