What to Do When Your Parking Brake Gets Stuck

So, you parked on a hill, remembered to engage the E-brake, but now that it’s time to leave, you can’t get it to disengage. What do you do?

A sticking emergency or parking brake is most commonly a winter problem because of ice. And for that, you need to melt the ice, which you can do a number of ways:

  1. Warm up your car and hope that is enough to melt the ice around the parking brake.
  2. Create a snow and ice dam around your car so that the heat from the engine is trapped below your car, more effectively melting the ice around the parking brake.
  3. Use a hairdryer to melt the ice from the parking brake.

No matter what method you use, you see the common theme—melt the ice and the parking brake should work.

But what about when ice is clearly not the problem? Well, then, things are little trickier. Continue reading What to Do When Your Parking Brake Gets Stuck