The vacuum release actuator for the parking brake may fail, preventing the parking brake from releasing automatically. Our technicians remind us that there is a mechanical release lever on the park brake ratchet you may use if the park brake does not release automatically. (Care should be taken when manually releasing the park brake!)
The Parking Brake May Not Automatically Release on Cadillac Eldorado
Average mileage: 83,486 (37,500–118,000)
24 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
1996 Cadillac Eldorado70,000Visitor
I have to reach under dash to manually release my parking brake.
1999 Cadillac Eldorado85,000Visitor
Emergency brake failed to release automatically on a vacation trip. The next morning it released and my mechanic showed me the manual release lever. The problem persists pending some shop time to replace the switch, actuator, or leaky vacuum hose (I hope).
1998 Cadillac Eldorado106,000Visitor
Parking brak will not release. Must use the manual release on brake.
1998 Cadillac Eldorado60,876Visitor
Parking brake won't auto release when taking out of park. Have to use manual release lever.
2001 Cadillac Eldorado105,000Visitor
Parking Brake does not release automatically.
1998 Cadillac Eldorado100,000Visitor
parking brake releases intermitantly
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