Driving with parking brake?
January 11, 2007 9:12 PM Subscribe
Car driven with parking brake on; how badly am I screwed?
posted by commander_cool to Travel & Transportation (22 answers total)
I drove my Harvard-educated girlfriend to her office, where I parked the car. Later that night, she used that car to pick me up. As I'm getting in the passenger side, I smell something like burning rubber. "Hey," she says, "the brake light's on." Yeah, she drove a quarter mile with the parking brake on, including out of a parking garage. We disengaged it, and the smell went away eventually, but now I'm trying to figure out how much damage might have been done in the meantime. Google wasn't especially helpful; we found this Car Talk exchange
, implying a full inspection of the rear wheels is needed, but this wasn't anywhere near 15 miles.