driving with parking brake on

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by catcherintherye6, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. I feel like killing myself right now. Bought a new CR-V recently and
    drove about 2 miles with parking brake on...at night...didn't even see
    the "park" light on!! Now, the car feels different while accelerating
    (though it could just be psychological). Any body knows what goes wrong
    in the car in such a situation? Hate to go to the dealer with this
    story and ask him to get my car checked :-(

    catcherintherye6, Jan 10, 2005
  2. The brakes wear rapidly when you drive with them on, but that's about it.
    Normal brake inspections should catch the extra wear before it does any
    harm... you'll just have to do the brake job a little earlier than normal.

    The power train doesn't know the difference between the parking brake being
    on and going up a long hill.

    Don't kill yourself - enjoy your beautiful new CR-V!

    Michael Pardee, Jan 10, 2005
  3. Worst case: It is possible that you overheated and warped one or both
    of the rear disks. That is about the only really bad thing that could
    have happened other than the excessive pad wear mentioned by the other
    poster. You could probably feel any warpage in the brake pedal (slight
    pulsing) or when you applied the brakes. Drive slowly, apply the
    brakes gently, and see if the car stops smoothly or if it seems to
    slightly lurch.

    Even if they are warped, any competent repair shop can turn them and
    put on new pads. That is relatively inexpensive. It will be more
    expensive to replace the rotors, but not that much.

    All of this is worst case. Probably you did no measurable harm at all.
    I drive down a long hill at least twice a week, and pretty much have
    to apply the brakes all the way. That is the equivalent of what you

    Elliot Richmond
    Freelance Science Writer and Editor
    Elliot Richmond, Jan 10, 2005
  4. catcherintherye6

    motsco_ _ Guest


    Odd, your ABS light should have come on after a few hundred meters too.
    Maybe your CR-v doesn't have ABS . . . Two miles isn't very far, when
    you think about how many miles you will go between brake changes.

    motsco_ _, Jan 10, 2005
  5. Thanks for all the replies!
    The 2005 CR-V (all models) has ABS as a standard feature.
    catcherintherye6, Jan 10, 2005
  6. catcherintherye6

    Jason Guest

    I agree. If you know how to do the work yourself--do it. You will have to
    remove both of the back tires. If you have not done this type of work
    before--have your favorite mechanic or dealer check them for you. A
    mechanic can easily determine if there was any damage that needs to be
    repaired. Look at the bright side--this is not an expensive problem to
    fix. I heard a story about some rich lady that purchased a Porche that had
    an automatic trans. She decided that she wanted to go really fast one day
    and placed the trans. in R which really screwed up the trans. She had it
    towed to the dealership and the service manager asked her why she placed
    the transmission in R while traveling at a high rate of speed. She said
    that she thought the R stood for RACE. I hope this was a joke and not a
    true story but I have heard the story repeated by several different
    Jason, Jan 10, 2005
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