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Final generation of the North American Volvo 200 series.

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parking brake lever stuck in up position

1986 Volvo - 240

Pulled the parking brake and now I cannot release it. It is stuck in the up position. I am unable to push the button in to release the brake. It appears that more of the button sticks out than is usual. I also cannot pull up on the parking brake to help with the release.

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Many of the older Volvo models will do this when the parking brake is adjusted too loose allowing the handle to over-travel. Apply brute force as necessary to get it freed up and then be sure to adjust the parking brake shoes and cable before pulling that lever again.


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@csingle5 , suzie, you may have to have some one with a little more brute strength pull up on the lever and push the release. If still not releasing, the console,etc. will have to be removed to gain access to the e brake cable adjustment nuts to release pressure, enabling the release button hopefully(use a little lubricant on cable slides,pins,lever teeth,release pin,etc.), while it is apart. If after this and still not functioning the brake lever assy. will have to be replaced as it is defective.

In an emergency, you can cut the e brake cable to get it to a good shop to have repaired, although you will have additional cost for replacement cable. Good luck.

I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

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