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Thread: Lost my handbrake suddenly- what's the likely culprit?

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    Aug 2014
    Scituate, MA

    Default Lost my handbrake suddenly- what's the likely culprit?

    Hi Supertechs,

    My C5 coupe is now at 122,000 miles, and has been running well for many years. I did an errand this afternoon and while at the retailer, I st the parking brake as per usual. When I got home a few minutes and 4 miles later, I pulled on the emergency brake, and it had no resistance, i.e. went all the way up, and I knew I had nothing. To make sure I pulled out on my driveway, which is about 150 ft. long and slightly pitched. I took it to the top of the hill and coasted and tried to stop the car with the handbrake, also to adjust, as I was coasting in reverse. Nothing.

    The service brake is fine so I brought it back to the garage and parked it in first.

    What is the first thing to check, second, etc. The service manual is a bit intimidating as far as the possibilities... The good news is that I'm retired and have a lot of time to attack it, the bad is that it's freaking cold in January in the Boston area!

    Thanks for any advice!

    Best always,


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    HI there,

    Make sure the leather boot isn't caught in the adjustment pawl at the hand lever.

    We have seen that a few times.

    Allthebest Paul
    GM World Class Certified Service Technician.
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