The Parking Brake May Not Automatically Release on Cadillac Eldorado

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!)

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Average mileage: 83,486 (37,500–118,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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1999 Cadillac Eldorado 85,000 mi,
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).
1996 Cadillac Eldorado 70,000 mi,
I have to reach under dash to manually release my parking brake.
2001 Cadillac Eldorado 105,000 mi,
Parking Brake does not release automatically.
1998 Cadillac Eldorado 60,876 mi,
Parking brake won't auto release when taking out of park. Have to use manual release lever.
1998 Cadillac Eldorado 106,000 mi,
Parking brak will not release. Must use the manual release on brake.
1998 Cadillac Eldorado 100,000 mi,
parking brake releases intermitantly