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Old 11-23-2006, 11:55 AM   #1
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e-brake stuck while parked on hill

I have a 2003 9-3 Linear, automatic trans. The emergency brake is on the rear wheels.

I parked the car on a hill last night, front end downhill, and put on the emergency brake. This morning, when trying to release it by pulling up a little bit, I instead ended up with the e-brake completely engaged -- the lever is pulled all the way up. It is now impossible to release, even with the car in gear (drive or reverse).

If I give it gas while in reverse, the back wheels lock up and the car rocks up a bit, but the e-brake still will not release.

Is there any way to go under the car and release the brake by loosening a cable? Any other ideas?

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Your just going to have to muscle it out, two hands on the hand brake and you should be allset.
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One thing I hate about my SS. I can't ebrake a corner and do it smoothly, LOL.
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... is your car just sitting there still? Call saab roadside assistance if you cant get it.
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Old 11-25-2006, 09:34 AM   #5
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E-brake resolution

Well, the e-brake was stuck for real... the tow truck guy had a go at it, and the mechanic at the dealer had a go at it. It wouldn't budge. According to 2 different mechanics I spoke with, this is a common problem with the 9-3 Sports Sedan -- they see this happen with some frequency.

Since I'm travelling this weekend, and need to drive back to Boston tomorrow, and since they didn't have the part in stock, the mechanic simply cut the cable on the e-brake. The handle is still fully pulled up, but I no longer have a parking brake. I need to take it into the dealer when I get back to Boston to have them replace it. The mechanic suggested that Saab may "goodwill" the part to me, since this is a common problem, and gave me a number to call to open a case (1-800-955-9007).
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That is so shitty.

Saab isn't really known for its e-brake superiority though.
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I learned long ago, when I moved back up north, to never apply the ebrake between Thanksgiving and Easter
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:45 PM   #8
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Oh man.. I'm over in Brooklyn and went out tonight to move my car for the weekly street sweeps and guess what... e-brake stuck! What a joke, I felt like an idiot trying to get this thing to work!

Called roadside, they are sending a tow truck. This is ridiculous.
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:47 PM   #9
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i ebrake at every opportunity
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:54 PM   #10
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I learned long ago, when I moved back up north, to never apply the ebrake between Thanksgiving and Easter
ding ding!!! I've locked up our 9-3 e brake 4 times already this winter because pulling the lever is a habit of mine. It's not really a problem in a 99-93 c900 or a 9000, but in a ng900 or any 9-3 it's just best to leave it off, expecially if you have an automatic like myself!
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my ebrake is frozen on the ng for sure being this cold
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as with other ng900 owners, I've had this problem too.. whenever the e-brake got stuck on me in the cold, driving around the block slowly, with it still stuck, generated enough heat to finally release it.
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as with other ng900 owners, I've had this problem too.. whenever the e-brake got stuck on me in the cold, driving around the block slowly, with it still stuck, generated enough heat to finally release it.
yeah with no reverse i have to use it thats the same way i release it
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:22 PM   #14
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Shoot... jumped too soon..

Well, the tow truck just picked up the car and now I'm wishing I would have tried driving around the block to warm it up first.. but, oh well, should be covered under warranty anyway, right!

It's crazy to me to think that a Swedish car can't deal with the cold! Come on.
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I haven't used my ebrake since the car rolled itself into a barn. 7 years ago.
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on our 9-5, the ebrake sticks when it's real cold, it will roll forwards and then all of a sudden it just grabs the wheels....
so the mechanic told us, put in in R, go backwards, and if it rolls fine it's just cold, go back and forth a few times and when it pops you're all set.
it works like a charm. we're gonna just have them lube it at next oil change though
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The 03 9.3ss have some sort of defect in the handle. I stock at least 2 at all times, year round. I sold 4 in August last year, so weather really doesn't have anything to do with it on the 9.3ss.
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I haven't used my ebrake since the car rolled itself into a barn. 7 years ago.
Haha, yeah, I don't trust ebrakes on saabs. Put that shit in gear, yo!
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Haha, yeah, I don't trust ebrakes on saabs. Put that shit in gear, yo!
guess i'm removing my reverse lock out
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guess i'm removing my reverse lock out
Why? Reverse is a gear, it works great. I put my cars in reverse even if its a car without reverse lock. Anything I drive with a floor shift manual gets put in reverse when I park
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