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Old 04-24-2004, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default 04 VUE hand brake

Has anyone noticed that the hand brake in the VUE is crappy? I was parked on a slight incline and used the handbrake. I always check and make sure it is all the way up and it was. I was finishing up a box to go mail at Fedex, my elbow tapped the handbrake, and it slipped!!! The car slid back, not a lot but a little. But I couldn't help but think, what if I had been San Francisco or something.. geez..

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Old 04-24-2004, 04:23 AM   #2
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Did you have your foot on the brake pedal when you set the handbrake?....then applying the handbrake (as per manual)? After doing this and then releasing foot from brake padal, the only movement should be very slight and then it is set.

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Old 04-24-2004, 04:44 AM   #3
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Yes, definitely did, I'm pretty paranoid about hand braking. I have also noticed that when I pull up on it, don't feel the tightness that my old SC2 had. In the SC2 I sometimes had to use both hands to pull it up to the top position, on this one a 3 year old could do it.

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Old 04-24-2004, 01:49 PM   #4
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My hand brake is pretty tight. I have parked on a pretty steep hill with it on, and it didn't budge. I have to yank pretty hard to get it all the way up, and it goes almost vertical. The first 1/2 of the pull is easy, after that it gets *much* harder.

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Old 04-24-2004, 02:27 PM   #5
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Mine have always been solid on any Saturn I have owned. Perhaps yours needs adjustment. It seems that mine will hold a house.

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Old 04-24-2004, 05:46 PM   #6
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You really shouldn't be pulling it up all of the way....
Saturn specs are 13 to 15 clicks or something like that.
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Old 04-24-2004, 05:50 PM   #7
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We use ours everytime. Park, Apply hand brake, then release brake pedal. Ours is tight and has never slipped or release easily.

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Old 04-24-2004, 06:27 PM   #8
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I also use mine all the time-- never had any problems. It always holds fine, and I don't pull the crap out of the lever. I've used it to hold the vue and a trailer w/sailboat on an incline, again no problem.

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Old 04-24-2004, 08:26 PM   #9
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I use mine all the time and the handle doesn't come anywhere near vertical. I applied the break this morning on a slope. I pulled it up until it would go no further using only light force. I assume I could have gone another notch if I had tried. The vehicle did not roll back even after I had let off about three notches of pressure.

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Old 04-24-2004, 08:38 PM   #10
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I attempted to drive off some time back while the hand brake was on (I don't use it that often, so didn't remember that I'd set it), and got a warning chime. Not sure what set the warning off, whether it was being in gear with the brake on, or stressing the powertrain.

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Old 04-24-2004, 11:22 PM   #11
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You really shouldn't be pulling it up all of the way....
Saturn specs are 13 to 15 clicks or something like that.
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Ok this statement is making me think I need to take her in for a hand brake inspection. My SC2 made Clicks when I pulled it into position, and Ohio is correct, it was usually 15 clicks for the best position. My Redline make no clicks at all. Could someone with a 2004 VUE let me know if their brakes make clicks as they pull it up.. if so I'm taking it in. thanks.

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Old 04-25-2004, 06:34 AM   #12
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Mine is an 04, 4 cyl and the hand break clicks as you pull it up. It will not click if you depress the release button and pull though.

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Old 04-25-2004, 12:50 PM   #13
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ok, I do press the release button and pull

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Old 04-25-2004, 12:56 PM   #14
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My '04 hand/parking brake works perfectly.

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Old 04-25-2004, 12:58 PM   #15
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Jaiello2000, do you hear clicks? Do you push the button and pull or just pull?

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Old 04-25-2004, 06:25 PM   #16
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Just pull the lever up. Don't touch the release button. Use the release button only to release the parking break. By the way my handle is at a 45 degree angle when break is applied.

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Old 04-25-2004, 09:13 PM   #17
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I do not push the button. Just pull the lever. It travels 1/3 of the way silently. I can only go 8 or 9 clicks. The parking brake is solid at that point. I cannot back up at all with it on.

I had a few problems with the hand brake on my 2000 LW2. I took it in for adjustment a couple times. The dealer did not like stuff coming back twice with me. They did some magic and I never had a problem again.

BTW. Complain to Saturn Corp. if the dealer is not solving a problem. I had to do that once, but it was remarkable the service after that!

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Old 04-27-2004, 03:54 AM   #18
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Thanks for all of your help!

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Old 05-06-2004, 03:38 PM   #19
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That chime is on a sensor on the e-brake. While driving if I pull it up a little it chimes right away.

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Old 05-08-2004, 01:36 AM   #20
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If it takes any more than about 3 or 4 clicks, then the rear brakes may need to be adjusted tighter. Pulling it too hard is only going to put stress on the cables, shoes, etc.
Mine works fine and I have even used it as a cutting brake (Not recommended for most drivers) in the dirt a few times.

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