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Parking brake FROZEN!

Old 12-16-2008, 11:18 PM
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Last year it was both my ebrake and power windows that froze lol. I wasn't too pleased.

Just turn the front wheel into the curb, leave the ebrake alone and leave the car in gear.

Unless you park on a hill...
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Norm Peterson View Post
Growing up in New England in the 60's and earlier ( never mind how much earlier), the cheapest way to prevent a stuck P-brake was to not use it during the winter if there was any way to avoid absolutely having to. Old habits die hard; I still hardly ever use it.

Norm I could not agree more and I use mine all the time in the warmer months and when stored I NEVER use it for the very reason that I don't want it stuck!
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Its gonna b legendary!!! View Post
Is this only a problem with our car or does it happen to other cars as well?
It happens to all cars if you drive through slush or water in the winter then leave the brake on over night. Happened to me 3 times on 3 different cars.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:10 PM
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I say take it in. I don't like just leaving the car in gear. I always use my parking brake. After Ford replaced the cable, I haven't had any issues.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:16 PM
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Why would you not want to leave it in gear? With a manual transmission, you always have the clutch to take the load off the gears.

With an automatic, I do understand that using the P-brake can make it lots easier to take out of "P" if you're parked on a hill, but aren't you pretty much stuck having to use "P" rather than "N" or any other position just to get the key out?


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Old 01-14-2009, 06:33 AM
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This is most likely a Ford design problem. My '05 GT is the first Ford I've purchased and I'm having this problem. All my other vehicles have been GM and I never had this problem with them. My father had the problem years ago on a Fairmont. Does anyone know what the fix is? My car is out of warranty and I would like to repair it myself. My guess would be the parking brake cables.
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