emergency brake sticks on a slope

emergency brake on 95 k-1500

I use my emergency brake to hold my stickshift truck while parked on a slope. When I release the emergency brake pedal, the brake sticks until I drive the truck forward. It then releases and I can back down my drive.

Update (04/08/2016)

this is a 1995 Chevy 4WD f-1500 pickup with a V6 engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. My driveway is steeply sloped upward so I use my emergency brake to hold the truck in place when parked. When I release the brake pedal, the brake sticks until I drive forward, then it releases. I would like to know how to fix this before the brake sticks permently.

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Seems as though the weight of the vehicle is applying extra pressure on the brakes because of the slope. As an extra assistance, leave the car engaged in 1st gear (or reverse gear if you are facing the other way) when you switch off the engine and apply the emergency brake. This is also an added safety measure when parking on steep slopes, in case the emergency brake fails. Not so good when somebody decides to rear end you while you are parked however. Doesn't do the transmission the world of good. Although you should be safe enough in your own driveway.

Just remember that the gears are engaged when you go to start it of course.

You could also try using wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to help take the pressure off the brakes but I realize that this is rather inconvenient.

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Ok, but the chance of getting rear ended in your driveway is slight.


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