Problem Description and Possible Solution
The parking brake may be hard to release. Our technicians tell us that adjusting the parking brake cable will generally correct this issue.
Average mileage: 47,411 (4,700–148,000)
16 people reported this problem
I always apply the parking brake when I park my C30 because I have a manual transmission. I left work one night at 10:30 pm and the temperature was approximately 5 degree's. The car started fine but I could not release the parking brake. I tried going forward and backward thinking maybe it would break the pads free from the rotor but had no luck. After letting the car warm up 20 minutes I was able to release the parking brake. I'm not sure if the cable froze where it goes into a housing but I thought it was rather comical that this would happen to a car that was built in a country where the winters are colder than where I live.
2 degrees this morning. Car was running about 10 min. Depressed hand brake button, but nothing. So keeping button pushed in, I moved the handle up and down as much as it allowed until I heard the ice crack. A few more times, and it released. As I backed out of driveway, saw 9 inch long rectangular icecube in driveway.
Water must collect in a housing?
Brake cable fine now.
I first experienced this problem last winter when the parking brake was frozen after the car was parked outdoors overnight. I solved it by running the car for about 20 minutes to warm it up In the last week, when the temperature has gone to minus one degree, the brake has been frozen twice and cannot be released until I warmed it up. My Volvo dealer told me that this is common in this cold weather. I have had Volvos and Saabs for 30 years and have never experienced this with another car.
This is the first near zero F degree night of the year, and this is the first time I've used the parking brake in below feezing weather, as I just purchased the car this summer. After starting the car this morning a message on the console came up stating that the stability control system needed to be checked and when I tried to disengage the parking brake the lever will not go down. It almost feels like the button on the end of the parking brake handle is not functioning. I'm hoping that as the day warms above freezing the brake will release.