Drove with parking break on...

Asked by Apr 08, 2017 at 11:20 PM about the 2001 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When getting in the car from a has station, I think that I
lightly pushed the parking break in. I drove for about 10
minutes and started to wonder why my car wouldn't move
without pressing the gas. Eventually some guy yelled to me
that my brakes were smoking a little. I pulled over and
eventually noticed my parking break was on. So I kept
driving and the brake pedal would gradually go farther and
farther down when I try to slow the car down to the point
where I could press all the way down on the brake and the
car barely slows down. When I press the break all the way
down, it sounds like a lot of air is being pushedone out of
the car. I occasionally have to pump the brakes for the
pedal to get stiff again which is weird. Help, I've had a few
people say that I have air in my brake lines but I need more
opinions. I'm not driving the car anymore until I figure out
the problem.

5 Answers

24,155

Do you hear the air down by the brake pedal/behind dash area, if so one way vacuum valve for brake booster or low fluid. The heat from brake pad may have damaged the wheel cylinder at the brake drum, leaking fluid and master cylinder is loosing pressure, that brake pad is toast anyway and drum may be too, overhaul the rear brakes, see if that wheel cylinder is leaking and if it is change both rear wheel cylinders cause its best to change these and brake pads/shoes at same time or one can be out of adjustment or stronger. Plus I am sure after that long the and smoking, it needs cleaned too. Have the rear brakes fully serviced. If its leaked add fluid and bleed air out.

2,480

check for brake fluid leaks, get the brake fluid replaced

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299,555

The heat generated from having the parking brake on , compromised the rear pads or shoes. If your car has rear drums there is a brake cylinder there, and it might be leaking like others have said. Very common issue. Carefully get the car to a brake shop or nearest mechanic for proper repair.

Alright thanks, there are no leaks however.

2,480

check rear pads and rotors, replace pads if heavily glazed, replace rotors if scorched or warped, your brake fluid boiled so replacing it a good idea

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