How do I release the emergency brake on a 1997 Ford Thunderbird?

Asked by Jul 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM about the 1997 Ford Thunderbird

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To technically correct there is no emergency brake on any vehicle made, so I think you mean the parking brake. Ford uses a couple of systems, 1 was a standard push the pedal and release with a small lever just slightly under the dash, the other was a push on, push off design where you pushed the pedal to set the brake and pushed it again ti release it, and finally the auto system, when the brake was set and you placed the transmission into any gear the brake released. I am assuming yours has the auto system, if you get under the dash where the park brake unit is with a light you will see a small lever about 3 inches long and usually black, just pull that little lever to release the unit manually, just make sure you are out of the way when the pedal snaps up as it can deliver quite a blow, also make sure your vehicle is in park or the wheels blocked so it won't roll away with you stuck under the dash. Hope this helps.

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This may not be what you're looking for but in a previous post I couldn't find the release on my 1963 T Bird, The answer was that the arm had broken Off. having been unable to get a new/old one to replace it I did something extreme I took a piece of 1/2 inch angle 3 inches long and GLUED it using JP WELD ( it was too small to drill into. Guess what Its fine, but just to be sure rather than just press the release I also, as the Mark helpful suggests press gently onto th actual brake at the same time.

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