The Parking Brake May Not Automatically Release on Cadillac DeVille

The parking brake may not release automatically due to a failed vacuum switch or actuator. Our technicians tell us that if vacuum is supplied to the actuator when the transmission is in gear, the vacuum switch is functioning and replacing the actuator should correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 131,228 (55,000–234,000)
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
41 people reported this problem
9 people shared problem details
1990 Cadillac DeVille118,000
Parking brake does not automatically release when shifted out of park.
1991 Cadillac DeVille152,000
My parking brake does not release automatically when shifting form park.
Parking g brake won't disengage automatically and cruise control won't work
1999 Cadillac DeVille110,000
parked itwith the emergency brake on, went to move it and the brakes won't release I thought the brake pads were just corroded to the disc,but the cylinders won't retract
I accidentely hit the parking brake while at the stop light. The car would not move. I took it out of gear and put it back in gear but again it would not move. A mechanic was in the car behind me and found the release and yanked on it and the brake released. I put it in gear and it would not move. The mechanic said "turn off the motor and restart it. That will re program the brake. I did restart and every thing was back to normal.
1999 Cadillac DeVille130,286
parking brake did not release
1996 Cadillac DeVille132,000
still not repaired I just use park brake on extreme hills then use the manual release next to pedal-see owners manual
1994 Cadillac DeVille115,000
When putting car in gear the parking brake will not release. The only way to release the brake is to manually pull on lever next to pedal.
the emergency brake will not release when I put the car into drive.
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