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Most new vehicles today are made with electric parking brakes. The days of having a lever by your side to pull up in case of an emergency are gone now that most things in vehicles are electric. While this might seem like a good thing to a lot of people on the surface, the truth is electronic parking brake systems aren’t nearly as reliable. You could experience other issues with electric parking brakes as well, and we’ve explained them here.

You Can’t Rely On Electric Parking Brakes In Emergencies


If you’re in a situation where your brakes fail, you won’t be able to engage the electric parking brake while you’re driving. When you try to use it, chances are it won’t respond at all and you’ll need to rely on your regular brakes instead. Most people do this anyway, but it’s something to keep in mind in case you are in a situation where you would use the parking brake in an emergency.

You Can’t Release The Parking Brake With A Dead Battery

Electronic brakes are beneficial, but it's essential to understand potential issues.When you engage the electric parking brake to go into the grocery store, shopping mall, or even just parking in your driveway, it’s not going to release if your battery dies. Instead, you’ll have to jump-start the battery to disengage the parking brake, which can sometimes be a hassle. Many times people have to push their vehicle out in an open space so they can connect jumper cables to the battery, but that won’t be possible if you have an electric parking brake engaged.

Special Equipment Is Needed To Repair The Electric Parking Brake

Servicing electronic parking brake systems is a much more complicated process than traditional parking brakes. Your mechanic will need a scan tool to go into the computer system and deactivate the system for the brakes to be repaired. Not doing this critical step can lead to significant damage to the electronic system of the vehicle, which can end up being very expensive.

DeBoer’s Auto wants you to be aware of everything about your vehicle. With so many electronics in vehicles today, it can be challenging for the average person to understand them all. It’s particularly important to know what to do in the event of an emergency and understand that your electric parking brake isn’t reliable in those situations. For more tips and advice about your vehicle, contact us at any time.SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.