When your parking brake isn’t holding, it’s putting too much stress on certain parts in the transmission when the vehicle is parked, especially when it’s parked on a hill. This can cause premature failure of the transmission and in certain drastic instances, catastrophic failure of the transmission. This can cause the car to roll when the transmission is in park and the vehicle is parked on a hill, even a slight one. Your brake repair diagram will usually show you where you can adjust the tension on the emergency or parking brake so that it will hold better. It is important to remember to make adjustments incrementally and check it between adjustments. Drive the car and make sure that it will still coast a little way when you get going and lift off the accelerator. Also check to make sure that it doesn’t feel as if the brakes are dragging.
Having a hard pedal is usually caused by a loss of vacuum to the booster. With the brake repair diagram, you will be able to locate the booster and find where the vacuum line supplying it is located. Once you have done this, you can check the line for cuts or obstructions.
With a good brake repair diagram you can save yourself quite a bit of money on some very common brake repairs, which don’t take very long to accomplish or require any special training.
If this is the first time that you have attempted a brake repair, then having a brake diagram will help you trace out some common brake problems. Most brake diagrams contain the following information:
|Brake System Diagram|