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P-Brake release button snapped off!!
Posted 29 February 2004 - 01:48 PM
Meanwhile, I've got questions:
1. If I accidentally pull up on the brake lever, how can I get the brake to release?
2. If I park and leave the car in gear, which is gonna hold it better, Reverse or First? (and does it really work?)
3. Anybody got an idea how much this is gonna cost?
Posted 29 February 2004 - 05:04 PM
This happened in the truck at work and on a friends car, and both times was solved by putting some rubber cement on the broken off button and putting it back on the metal pin that it covers. So far, both have held up fine for the past 20,000 miles. Assuming Subaru uses the same setup....it is also possible to press the metal rod, but it hurts a lot more
Oh yeah, It says in the manual what gears are best to park it in (mine does anyhow). If its uphill I usually park in 1 or 2 and if I'm facing downhill I put it in R.
Posted 29 February 2004 - 05:14 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 06:45 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 07:17 PM
(P.S. I don't see or feel a metal pin, and the only pieces I found are the broken button and a spring. I suppose I could jam a ball point pen into the handle and use that to release the ratchety thing.)
Posted 29 February 2004 - 07:30 PM
somebody buy my OB, please!
Posted 16 July 2004 - 10:51 AM
97 Leg. OB I bought last year had a busted button too. 5spd and I'm with you on the mental stability. I bought my new parking brake assembly from subaru for around $60 and put it in fairly easily. You may find one cheaper on ebay or 1stsubaruparts.com but it's an easy fix.
somebody buy my OB, please!
How easy is this easy fix??? Thanks
Posted 16 July 2004 - 02:40 PM
Get some rocks to prop behind the tires.
Thanks, but I have to negotiate my wheel chair in and out of the car, I don't need rocks as well.
Posted 16 July 2004 - 03:21 PM
If there is pavement, turn the wheels so that the car will roll into the cornerstone and stop. Never park any car, functioning handbrake or not, with the wheels parallel to the pavement.
Posted 17 July 2004 - 01:22 PM
I had the same problem with my 93 legacy. Its the button that keeps the ratchet on. The button removes the tension from a spring allowing the ratchet to release. I was told that the button is not available and that I must buy a new assembly for $65 parts only. I checked with a plastics expert and he said; Dont glur it with krazy glue. It wont work but no other glue will work either. Take the assembly apart and remove the inside piece. Go to a plastics shop (plexiglass and the like and have them try several solivents or cements in a non essential part of the button untill one softens it. That one is the glue you want. Clean it and glue it and reassemble. Worked fine.
Posted 17 July 2004 - 01:34 PM
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