2001 Oldsmobile Bravada parking brake stuck on

Tiny
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  • 2001 OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA
  • 4.3L
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 250 MILES
I went to push down on the brakes and went to pull the release and it didnt release how do I fix this problem
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Friday, February 6th, 2015 AT 5:14 PM

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Tiny
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Please be more specific. The release handle is sticking? The handle moves normally but the pedal doesn't come back up? The pedal comes back up like normal, but the brakes are dragging? Do you have rear disc or drum brakes?
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Friday, February 6th, 2015 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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When I first pushed the pedal for the emergency brakes it engaged and when I went to pull the release lever the pedal didn't come back up in its regular position I pulled and pulled several times and it is still in the engaged position as I type
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015 AT 4:46 AM
Tiny
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The handle moves regularly but the pedal does not move when I put on the handleit is still stuck in the down position and not the up position
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015 AT 4:53 AM
Tiny
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Disc brakes all around
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015 AT 4:55 AM
Tiny
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Dandy. Sorry for the delay.

There's two common causes for the pedal to not return. One is a stretched parking brake cable. That is more common when the driver uses the parking brake often. When it is used very seldom, it's much more likely one of the rear cables is rusted and sticking. That will keep that brake applied too. The only proper fix for that is to replace the sticking cable. Lubricating them rarely solves the problem. You're in luck with disc brakes in the rear. You can easily see where the cable attaches to a lever on the side of the caliper. If the cable isn't rusted solid, you can use a large channel lock pliers to pull rearward on the lever and tug the cable back to the released position. You'll need to do that while a helper is holding the parking brake release handle in the release position.
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Sunday, February 8th, 2015 AT 4:38 PM

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