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Old 01-29-2007, 02:54 AM   #1
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Geez, this was scary. So I was parking on a snowy hill, and I put on my parking brake like I always do, but it wouldn't lock in place. The brake works just fine. I was just wondering if anyone else has or had this problem and what I can do about it. Thanks!
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Check the locking mechanism by looking at it under the dash. It'* possible over time it'* gummed up and not catching.

If you push down slowly, do you hear the click, click click as it locks into the next tooth?

Can't remember hearing about anyone else with the issue.
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Inspect the underside of the car for ice dams. Particularly on the cable.
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I'm surprised no one else has had this issue, because it WAS recalled for the '92 models only... That said, I doubt it'* ice because I've been having this problem since November, but it hasn't gotten this bad until now. Bill, usually I do hear a "click click click" sound, and I still do, but it'* MUCH fainter; sometimes I can't hear it at all
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think I recall reading something about a small spring in the ratcheting mechanism that could break, or become dislodged, that could cause the problem. It was quite a while ago, so I don't recall any details.
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File Date 9/25/1991
Mfr. Involved GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
NHTSA Campaign # 91V167000
Component Affected PARKING BRAKE:CONVENTIONAL:MECHANICAL
# Vehicles Affected 20765

Defect - WHEN APPLIED, THE PARKING BRAKE LEVER ASSEMBLY MAY RELEASE ONE OR MORE TEETH, REDUCING THE CABLE LOAD TO THE REAR BRAKES.

Consequence DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT OF THE LEVER RELEASE AND ROADLEVEL. THE PARKING BRAKE MAY NOT HOLD THE VEHICLE, ALLOWING IT TO ROLL, WHICHCOULD RESULT IN AN ACCIDENT. VEHICLE DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS 105.

Corrective Action REPLACE PARKING BRAKE LEVER ASSEMBLY.
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assuming that they ceased production of the recall, what can I do about this situation? I park on a hill, so it'* pretty crucial that I have a parking brake being that I'd like to preserve my tranny as much as possible. Also, it does end up catching after a few jabs, but it usually take a couple minutes to get it right.
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I'm surprised no one else has had this issue, because it WAS recalled for the '92 models only... That said, I doubt it'* ice because I've been having this problem since November, but it hasn't gotten this bad until now. Bill, usually I do hear a "click click click" sound, and I still do, but it'* MUCH fainter; sometimes I can't hear it at all
I had that very issue on the 91 LE... I refused to buy it as this was a saftey concern and I demanded they fix it.... The Parking brake mechanisim had failed and wouldn't lock into place, the 91 SSE has the same issue... I think you'll end up replacing the parking brake assembly.. They are a PITA to remove... Ratchet wrenches are your friend...

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Pete...did you check the catch/ratcheting mechanism. Sounds like your is occasional.
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