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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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hi there I got a s type jag on a 03 plate 2.5 petrol v 6 I

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hi there I got a s type jag on a 03 plate 2.5 petrol v 6 I got a problem with the hand brake it sticking and will not release any I dear the problem is
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Matt replied 4 years ago.

I suspect that this is the electric handbrake you're having issues with

they are prone to problems usually with the actuator motor seizing up

if you get under the car and locate the handbrake cable where it enters the motor and give that entry point a liberal dousing of WD40 or similar penertrating oil then leave it for 20 mins and then try turning the brake on and off

if this doens't help then its probablya case of a new handbrake motor is required

there is also this handbrake reset procedure which may help

a. Switch off the ignition.
b. Disconnect the battery for 30 seconds.
c. Reconnect the battery.
2. Start the engine.
3. Firmly apply and release the footbrake five times.
4. Confirm that the message NOT CALIBRATED or APPLY FOOT AND PARK
BRAKE is displayed on the instrument cluster message center. This indicates that
the parking brake is in calibration mode.
5. Lightly press the footbrake pedal.
6. Apply the parking brake by using the switch.
7. Release the parking brake.
8. Release the footbrake.
9. Confirm that the brake warning lamp is no longer illuminated on the instrument
pack and that the NOT CALIBRATED message is no longer displayed in the
message center.
10. Apply and release the Electric Park Brake five times to ensure no error is present.