Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 17th 2018, 5:35am

After parking for 2 weeks and i may have had the parking brake on, i pulled the parking brake release lever and the pedal that was in the up position ,went further up 2". I backed up thinking the parking brake was off,then shifted to Drive and the van would not drive forward. I guess the parking brake was on, even though the pedal was at the top. I tried to push the pedal down to put on the E-brake and the pedal was stuck in the up position. So i cut the front brake cable to release the E-brakes. Any idea what went wrong to cause the E-brakes to freeze up? Now i need to wait a few days for the new ACDelco cable. And when i install it , it might still be the state it was in , E-brake still on and pedal at top and not pushing down or only 2" up when release is pulled.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby Astro Pop » November 17th 2018, 6:24am

What happens if you get down by the fuel tank and yank on the Pbrake cable down there? Any play? If it's still tight going to the back you might be able to loosen the cable. A pair of visegrips for the cable and 1/2" wrench for the adjuster nut. If it's still tight down there then you have to pull drums and see what's going on inside.I hope cutting the cable wasn't a bad move.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 18th 2018, 10:08pm

Found the problem ! the mechanic did the Fuel Pump replacement and tightened the driver side tank bolt. he did not see he pinched the parking brake cable while tightening the tank strap bolt. That caused the Parking Brake to engage and immovable PB pedal. We cut the front cable to move the truck out of the street and should have checked the cable near the tank strap bolt. We could have loosened the tank bolt and straightened out the kinked up cable. Though it might be damaged beyond repair anyway. He will likely fix the mistake soon. Things to look out for when replacing the fuel pump. Also i found out the tank at the top a least is metal not plastic.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby AstroWill » November 19th 2018, 12:29am

Wow, I don't know how that could have been missed.

Your tank is steel, they didn't move to plastic tanks until the following year.

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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 19th 2018, 1:22am

No jack stands,so he was cramped and tired from working.
The shop that i first went to when i bought the '99 Astro said it had a plastic tank.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby AstroWill » November 19th 2018, 2:44am

I hope he is fixing/replacing that cable on his dime.

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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 19th 2018, 5:59am

He said he would install the new front Parking Brake cable when i get it ,for free. I undid the tank strap bolt and straightened the rear cable. Fine fellow, i will employ him in the future.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby dramey » November 19th 2018, 11:09am

Since the parking brake cable was damaged by your "fine fellow" mechanic, he should pay for the cable and install it for free. I don't think I would trust a mechanic that doesn't even have jack stands.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby Leeann_93 » November 20th 2018, 12:16am

Um, why in the hell didn't a 'mechanic' have jack stands???
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 20th 2018, 4:30pm

He has stands, no need. now , no more tank dropping.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby dramey » November 20th 2018, 8:51pm

I am confused. First you say
zerotool wrote:No jack stands,so he was cramped and tired from working.
The shop that i first went to when i bought the '99 Astro said it had a plastic tank.

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zerotool wrote:He has stands, no need. now , no more tank dropping.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby TurnNburn » November 20th 2018, 9:16pm

pretty wild he was able to get the tank strap tight like that. Did that thing even move with the cable crammed like that? If it did before, you likely burnt your brakes, and the seals in the wheel cylinders.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby zerotool [OP] » November 21st 2018, 3:49am

The mobile mech had jackstands. He did not use his jack stands. No it would not move forward an inch. only reverse a few yards. Odd, when the front cable was cut, the van was driven forward into a parking place even tho the rear cable was still crimped. Always use snap ring pliers when replacing a fuel pump.
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Re: Parking brake e-brake Emergency brake pedal stuck

Postby AstroWill » November 22nd 2018, 3:07am

Definitely cray cray.
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