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What happens if you drive with the parking/emergency brake on?

xTxHoAxxTxHoAx Posts: 200Member
edited June 2006 in general discussion
I accidentally did that -_-
I have a 2006 toyota corolla LE (auto). I accidentally drove with the parking/emergeny brakes on. The handle one in the middle not sure which brake that is called. I was wondering how much damage would it do. I drove the car for approximately 6 miles. Any help would be appreciated.


  • taohtaoh Oakland/San Jose, CAPosts: 448Member
    Worse case is maybe you warp your brake rotors from all the heat that is generated from driving with the brake on and you might need to replace them.

    At the very least, I'd say you just wore down your brake pads.
  • ZiGeNX77ZiGeNX77 ☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☺ Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,741Moderator


    edited June 2006
    Yes, it is called the parking brake. 6 miles, yikes that is pretty far. My friend did that in his Civic and he didn't have any major problems. Just try to go to a mechanic that inspects brakes for free and make sure everything is ok. Don't mention that you drove with your brakes on. They might try to stiff you.
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  • derekthecynicderekthecynic Posts: 177Member
    cant be worse than those beginner drifters that pull that shiet all the time to try to get sideways haha. I think you'll be fine.
  • mr2boymr2boy CP, MarylandPosts: 65Member
    tru, plus if you're driifting, then you might as well need to replace the brake pads once in a while
  • pandapanda southern california, baby.Posts: 896Member
    tighten the cable/hydraulic line and/or replace pads.
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  • ttsanhdttsanhd Houston , TXPosts: 247Member
    lol i did it like almost eveytime i used the emergency brake, i forget to pull it back down, but i notice cause my car would make a lound noise lol
  • RaIn33RaIn33 Posts: 662Friend of Soompi


    I have the EXACT same car! I pulled it up once by accident. After I drove it a little, there was this funny smell which I didn't know where it was coming from. It's best if you pull the brake back down b/c my dad says your car is gonna go bye bye if you drive it any longer with the brakes up.
  • RinkRink Posts: 200Member
    Yeah, I hate it when that happens. Geez, they I wish they could make the car beep and warn you if you leave it up. It would help a lot of us out...
  • aznfishyfartaznfishyfart <3 TaeYeon <3 West LA, CAPosts: 1,864Member
    i dunno the red light that says BRAKE usually catches my attention
  • azn akiraazn akira Posts: 1,787Member
    QUOTE(Rink @ Jun 26 2006, 11:31 PM) »

    Yeah, I hate it when that happens. Geez, they I wish they could make the car beep and warn you if you leave it up. It would help a lot of us out...

    idk could try paying attention, that usually helps. if that fails there is a big BRAKE light thats on the dash...
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