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Old 17 Jul 2008, 10:01 am
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Default Drove with my parking break on?

I know it was stupid, but I had never used it before and was parked in the grass on the hill and thought I should. I put the handle for the break down, but apparently it didn't click all the way to disengage. But anyway, I drove about 15 miles and was going FAST a lot of the way. When I realized it was on by the light on the dash i disengaged the brake and the car continued to run perfectly normally, there was no smoke or scent at all and was driving exactly as it usually does. This was about 4 days ago, the normal brakes work fine and the car is still running fine. What kind of damage do you think i caused? is it possible that since i did put the handle down almost the whole way the damage will be less?The car is 1999 honda accord coupe.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 10:16 am
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Don't worry, I did the same thing several years ago on a car I had. It didn't hurt it at all, and I am sure that you didn't hurt your car either. That being said, it wouldn't hurt to take it in to your local Honda dealer and have them check the brakes and the emergency brake. Sometimes you can break the cable or warp the rotors by not relasing the e-brake. Good luck and God Bless!
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 10:31 am
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I would say so, that it wouldnt be as severe since it was not completly engauged .Since everything is working fine i would suspect just might have worn down the linning a bit on your brake pads/shoes.If it was completly engauged it could have damaged or strained the transmission which is not good.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 10:46 am
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You probably didn't have it pulled up enough to engage the brakes. If it was you would be able to definitely smell it. Just watch your brakes and if they feel funny have them checked.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 11:01 am
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I gotta get me one of those cars. You didn't do any damage apparently you have no problems.
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I wouldn't worry about it. there is a fair amount of distance that the handle can be up before the brakes actually engage. the brake light comes on at the first click, and the brakes engage moderately at 2 or 3 clicks. this is designed into the system to prevent damage to the brakes. in case someone doesn't get the handle all the way down and the light is there to say hey put the handle down. so you don't hurt anything hope this helps. and if there was no smell or sudden acceleration I would just leave it alone and try to remember to check the brake every time you get in the car because somone else can use it and do the same thing or you can bump it
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no damage just wearing off the pads a little
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 11:46 am
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your brake pads are probably worn out more now, but as long as they don't need to be replaced you're alright. if the brake pads need to be replaced it's possible you did damage to the rotors.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 12:01 pm
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don't worry about it
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 12:16 pm
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you shouldnt have that much damage done just probably a little bit of tire damage
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