Problem Description and Possible Solution
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!)
Average mileage: 87,102 (37,500–119,649)
13 model years affected: 1990
, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
28 people reported this problem
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).
I decided to engage the parking brake unaware on how it worked. You need to pump the break several times to engage. But then i realized it didn't release when shifting into drive. So i looked where the parking brake is with a flashlight. I noticed there is a small square lever to the left of the brake. You have to look carefully or else you won't notice it. You press on it QUICKLY with your thumb. That will release the parking brake and the car will move slightly. DO THIS WITH CAR TURNED OFF IN PARKING POSITION.