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Technical I drove for 10 miles with the parking brake on

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blowby, Mar 1, 2022.

  1. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,516

    from Nicasio Ca

    A big stupid one, that's what kind..

    So now it does almost nothing. Car stops OK, might just be the front brakes. Could the shoes just be glazed or are they toast? 'Cause normally, if you ride the brakes down a long hill they still work OK.
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    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 4,333


    Adjust them and see if they are still OK. Or to put your mind to rest pull a rear drum and inspect the linings to be sure they are not fried and crazed or cracked.
    That's nuthin. I once drove 30 miles with my left blinker on.
    Crazy Grampa.
  3. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 9,065


  4. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 977

    Bob Lowry

  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,539


    You're not the first one to do it.
  6. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,848


    The car behind you got a nose full of stank.
  7. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 10,116

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    I did it for about ten parking spaces last Friday night before I realized it.
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  8. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,007

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Your aces in my book!.... you at least admitted it!
  9. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,909


    I've done it several times. The darn things won't hold well enough to stop me. By the time I smell the stink, things have gotten hot. I now put a magnetic dash plaque on my dash when I engage them. It reminds me to release them before I take off......most of the time. :D
  10. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,814


    I've gone further than that. When you don't stop, you leave the burning smell behind, but the car makes up for it when you stop. But, if you're old, you kinda have a built in excuse
  11. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,764


    That's for sure.
    When I bought my brand new '66 Fairlane when I got home I discovered exactly that. Where I bought it had put the e brake on. Checked the rear brakes and all was still good.
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  12. Former NASCAR driver? ;)
  13. Don’t worry too much about it,,,,,,sounds like they weren’t working very well to start with .

  14. samurai mike
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 527

    samurai mike

    and no rust in the drums!
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  15. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,944


    Getting old's a bitch. A friend was sure his clutch took a dump. Turns out he left the e brake on too. We've ALL done it at some time.
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  16. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 8,111

    from Michigan

    That's okay, your brake shoes fit the drums really good now.
  17. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,514

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I was drinking soda when I saw the above post; gave my keyboard a diet coke shower..
  18. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,893


    Welcome to old age.
  19. Right on!

  20. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,775

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Likely just need readjust! If they were not smoking/burnt.

    "Time for way back story"
    I was on vacation with my wife in 1969 just out side of Atlanta Ga. an had one of the muffler shake off my Aunt's old 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV,she let us use,she gave me this car later!!.
    So stopped at a Midas Muffler shop to have it fixed in town< thinking at least they are also in my home town [ MIAMI FL ]
    They said,we'll fix,but lets us look at your brakes for safety! I said don't bother with my brakes,but they refused to do muffler if they could not inspect brakes. Fine,look,but don't do anything to them.! I said.
    They said it'll take a few hours!!
    Wife wanted to go across the street to Sears n shop!! So we went.
    Got back two hours later,car is still up on rack!! with wheels n drums off. WTF
    The saleman is pointing at my brake shoes that were new last month by me,before going{ they are still fine!] and telling me"These are going bad,we should fix this for you also!!" At that point,I told him,thanks,but there nothing wrong and put it back together ,so I can pay you for fixing the muffler!! He said it'll take about a hour!! What a load of BS.
    So we finiely get out of there!
    About the time I'm running north to Ga. state line,a guy runs up beside me honking horn,rolls down his window an tells me"Your car is smoking bad"
    I look an sure enough he was right!!
    Smoke rolling out of right rear .
    I pull off road stop an walk around to right rear,sink-O an smoke still rolling out.
    After a few min. it stopped and I jacked it up,too find out what's going on!!
    Midas was so pissed off,that they could not rip me off, for new brakes,they clamped the rightrear E-brake cable under the a muffler pipe clamp.
    That big ass monster Lincoln Continental Mark IV. didn't even feel the drag of e-brake on left rear.
    I fixed that,adjusted it,an off we went.
    Yup,I did tell Miami shop;;,that guy replace my left rear shoes free!
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2022
  21. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,937

    Jalopy Joker

    one time I did this with a OT pick up, heard car behind me honking horn - pull over and smoke is coming out from under rear - not near anywhere to get help - long way from home - stop at no mechanic gas station and water hose not working - across street from fire station - easily taken care of - found a garage that put it up on rack - one brake shoe shot - oh well, had them do the work -
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  22. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 977

    Bob Lowry

    Learned this trick on a import car a couple of years ago that I bought. It had sat for about a year with the
    ebrake on. It had disc brakes in the rear, and the rotors were pitted and raised where the brakes shoes
    pressed against them due to the build up of moisture. I was ready to put a new set of rotors on since
    the pedal was pulsing like crazy when the brakes were applied. My buddy said, "Let me drive it and you
    ride along." Went onto a side road, sped up to 50mph and he pulls the emergency lever up, hard, until
    the car comes to a stop. Totally resurfaced the rotors, no more pulsing, and like new. Cheap fix.!!
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  23. We call that “seasoning the shoes”
  24. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,673

    from Berry, AL

    That’s the reason they put a light on the dash now that stays in when the ebrake is on. You ain’t the first to do it! Sad thing is, I did it once in my pickup, with the damn light shining bright on the dash, I never noticed it!
  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 9,047

    Bandit Billy

    I have an issue with symmetry so when it came to the warning lights on my 41 ford PU I had one light left over. So I mounted a micro switch on the locar e-brake. I will run the ground for the jeweled dash light through the switch. Pull the handle light comes on. The PU is for my wife to enjoy as well and she would never remember that brake.
  26. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,151


    This is strange to me. I did a normal brake restoration on my '51 Ford with turned drums, relined shoes, the whole bit. A car this old doesn't have self-adjusting brakes, so I go over them every year. I usually use the emergency brake when I leave the car for any period of time. If I forget to release it, the car will back up OK, but as soon as I try to go forward, it is IMMEDIATELY apparent that the emergency brake is on. I then release it and go on my way.

    I believe that your brake system is not performing to factory specifications, even before this boondoogle. Who knows what else may be wrong. My suggestion is to get in there and fix whatever is amiss.
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  27. PhilA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2018
    Posts: 1,556


    I lucked out- amongst the spares @Nikkerton sent me was a switch, blinker unit, light and optical factory brackets for the 1952 parking brake warning light.

    So, I'm all factory optioned out now with that. The light stays on with the ignition, but when the revs come up so does the generator voltage and it begins to blink the light.


    It's one "idiot light" I'm happy to have. Mind you, the parking brake is quite fierce when adjusted right, you do notice it wanting to stop the car...

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  28. Redneck shoe arcing.
  29. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,657


    If you didn’t notice then perhaps they weren’t adjusted well enough so you could notice the drag which is a drag. Now you’ll get them to spec!
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  30. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 434

    from Sydney

    Me too, but more than once.

    I recently bought a (just O/T) '67 Holden wagon. It has a factory flashing yellow light on the dash for a handbrake warning. Love it. I can ignore a constant light, but the flashy flashy one gets my attention. Reckon it would be worth the effort replacing the constant-on dash bulbs with a flashy flashy one (or a flashing LED... though not so HAMB friendly).


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