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stuck e-brake trouble [Dec. 19th, 2010|09:52 pm]
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My boyfriend has a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander, and our weather here is freezing. Today his shifter, and then his e-brake, locked up due (I think) to weather. I suggested he stop using the e-brake until the weather is a bit warmer, but in the meantime, any suggestions for unlocking it? He's mobile now, so this is for future reference. Not sure about the shifter issue - he had it stuck in drive. Once he got that unstuck, it was his e-brake he couldn't move. (I am only hearing about this via text, so please excuse the fuzzy details).

Most of what I'm Googling has to do with stuck wheels- I'm looking for stuck "lever", which he couldn't move inside the car. Not sure if the wheels were still stuck or not.

FWIW, it's a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander. He bought it in Nov. Calgary has had RECORD cold temperatures, hence my theory. It's -17C right now (which is not a record - we were experiencing -40 and worse a few weeks ago).


PS He's mobile now, and his dad also figures it's cold weather related - but feel free to provide any other input if you have it :)

[User Picture]From: edgar_suit
2010-12-20 05:11 am (UTC)
Sometimes you can crawl back by the rear wheels and, with the parking brake disengaged inside, force the levers on the calipers back to the release position. If they're built into the calipers, that is. If they are, you'll see a bit lever and spring on the side/back of them.
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[User Picture]From: sparklekitten29
2010-12-20 07:20 am (UTC)
i only dealt with something similar once before, in a nissan with an e-brake that was binding after a crash. there was an adjustment nut on the brake cable at the handle which i was able to loosen until it stopped binding.

YMMV may vary, obviously, sounds like someone may be getting a Haynes manual for christmas. then again, if it's a 2010 he could also just bring it in for warranty service, possible icy debris is getting in somewhere it shouldn't... and isn't the whole point of buying a Mitsubishi their super-inclusive warranty?
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[User Picture]From: edgar_suit
2010-12-20 08:07 am (UTC)
Oh shoot, I read that as 2001 and not 2010.

Definitely take to dealership for warranty repairs. :)
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[User Picture]From: tommy50702
2014-10-31 03:44 pm (UTC)
I've tried searching for help in youtube, but I didn't find any.
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