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Parking Brake Freezing?

Has anyone had an issue with the parking brake freezing while engaged? My left rear wheel refused to roll this morning after releasing the parking brake. Roadside assistance got it towed to the dealer who just said they can't find a problem with it and everything seems to be working normally.
I know I never had the problem with my Prelude or my wife's Santa Fe. Anyone else?
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Do you use it daily? Most of these problems occur when the e-brake hasn't been used consistently. I use mine daily and have no problems with it.

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Has anyone had an issue with the parking brake freezing while engaged? My left rear wheel refused to roll this morning after releasing the parking brake. Roadside assistance got it towed to the dealer who just said they can't find a problem with it and everything seems to be working normally.
I know I never had the problem with my Prelude or my wife's Santa Fe. Anyone else?
Had the exact same problem. I believe there is a TSB on it. I had mine replaced on warranty. ( After it was released at the dealership...they replaced the cable when I went in for another unrelated issue.) It happened about a week after I got my truck.

Shovel Head is right..use it or lose it. I never use mine and now I'm afraid to use it for any length of time because I fear it will stick again...
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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

Frozen, corroded, stuck parking brake cables and linkages have plagued most cars since Henry Ford reluctantly abandoned mechanical brakes back in the stone age.
I agree that those that are used daily usually work OK.
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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

Living in the nothern parts of the US while in the Air Force and overseas in cold areas, we never used the emergency brakes to park a vehicle if the tempurature was expected to go below freezing. We used wheel chocks instead. Parking brakes will freeze if there is any moisture on the drume/disks and pads or shoes. Also, the lubricants in the cables gets really stiff and can actually act like a frozen brake. Example: Offutt AFB, winter of 1983. 20 degress and 50 MPH wind. Young airman set the parking brake on the colonels staff car when closing down for the day. In the AM, the colonel is late getting to a briefing at SAC HQ because the car won't move.

I have seen it happen in Korea, Europe, and even here in Northern Virginia.

Watch Ice Road truckers on TV? They don't set the parking brakes.
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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

I live in Western Massachusetts. We get plenty of snow, ice, and salt. I use my parking brake daily and have never had a problem with it. The problem is not with the pads and rotors. Mine will freeze up just from rust due to rain. Once the wheels have broken free and the brakes applied to clear off the rust, no further problems. If the brakes are dragging it is most likely a cable issue. Cables freeze up when you don't use them.

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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

Thanks all. I did use it every time I parked it on my driveway since there's a slight incline. It was cold, our first freeze here in West Texas I believe, so maybe there was enough to freeze that brake in place. The dealership told me that they cleaned and lubed the cable and all, but couldn't find anything that caused it. I'll be happy as long as it doesn't do it again.
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Thanks all. I did use it every time I parked it on my driveway since there's a slight incline. It was cold, our first freeze here in West Texas I believe, so maybe there was enough to freeze that brake in place. The dealership told me that they cleaned and lubed the cable and all, but couldn't find anything that caused it. I'll be happy as long as it doesn't do it again.
Thanks again.
I tried flying a plane a few months ago and could not make it move. I could not believe it! I had instructor once tell me to never use the emergency brake and I always thought - yea right. Until now. I had full throttle on with 3 passengers on board and the plane would not move. The emergency brake was off but it was stuck on. The FBO later put me in a different plane and all was good. Later I found out that they had to connect that plane to a truck and pull it until the brakes released. This was a 2007 Cessna 172 SP with G1000 cockpit. A $250,000 aircraft. Yet the brakes got stuck. I'm now a believer that emergency brakes can stick and I will never use another one.

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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

It was actually a service news that Honda issued. It states that where the E-brake exits the cab trhough the floor is where the problem may be. They say that since its the lowest point on the floor water puddles up there and enters into the E-brake cable. Than it freezes in the colder weather.
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Re: Parking Brake Freezing?

Anyone have a TSB on this?? Mine is froze now and will not go.....
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