Could driving with a parking brake on wear out the normal brakes?
October 19, 2007 7:29 PM Subscribe
Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car?
posted by Dasein to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The car in question is a Ford Taurus (fourth generation, not sure of the exact year). It was driven for several minutes (not more than half an hour) with the parking brake engaged, and towards the end of the drive lost almost all breaking power, which meant it nearly failed to stop in time to avoid hitting the car in front of it.
What damage could have been done by driving with the parking brake on? Are the two things related? How much could this cost? Help!