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Old 04-14-2015, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1999 Suburban - Emergency brake not pulling up.

I already made a thread at Dieselplace but haven't gotten a response yet so I thought I'd post it here.

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Question: 1999 Chevrolet Suburban - Emergency Brake won't pull up. - Diesel Place : Chevrolet and GMC Diesel Truck Forums

So, in short I put the E-brake on in my Chevy Suburban and now it won't pull up. I did a little searching around and I'm guessing maybe the cable is stuck or broken; I haven't looked yet. The vehicle is in my driveway so it's not like it's in jeopardy, I should be able to get it back to a flat part (It's on a hill now) and work on it easily. So, what could be wrong with it? I realize already that I may need to take the rear wheels off.

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Do you have rear disc brakes? That vintage Silverado had a lot of trouble with the e-brakes sticking and debris getting in the calipers and causing odd wear, so much so that they eventually switched back to drum brakes. I assume the Burb would have the same problems if you had the rear disc brakes.
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Do you have rear disc brakes? That vintage Silverado had a lot of trouble with the e-brakes sticking and debris getting in the calipers and causing odd wear, so much so that they eventually switched back to drum brakes. I assume the Burb would have the same problems if you had the rear disc brakes.
I have no idea, yet.

I tried to get the car moving and as it turned out, if I pulled the release lever up and pulled the pedal back up it came unlocked. But, now the E-Brake doesn't hold so I need that worked on.
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My guess is the cable. There are springs at the foot pedal, and out back in the shoes. If the brakes were locked on when you pulled the handle, and now don't work that you pulled the pedal up manually, it would seem all the springs are doing their jobs. The cables would be interfering. Hard to say without seeing it but I'd start with that if it was my truck.

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