> >From: DShoop7572 <DShoop7572@aol.com>
> >Subject: parking brake stuck TR4a
> > This is probably a pretty basic question but I pulled the brake
> >up, it clicked on way up but now won't release. I don't have much room in
> >garage to get under the car. What will need to be done to release it?
> > Not a mechanic
> While I don't have a TR4, I do have a TR3, and the hand brake is called a
> "fly off" brake in the owners manual. I, too, struggled with the release
> procedure when I first set the brake on mine. The secret is that the
> button on the handle is there only to set the brake, not release it. To
> release the brake, just pull up (thumb off of the button!!) and then let
> go. I know it's counter-intuitive, but it's sooo British.
This combined with the unusual lift to reverse shifting are build in anti theft
devices. When I brought my TR4A home, I swung my nose into the driveway and
back out into the street so I could back into the driveway. After 5 minutes of
trying to remember how to put the car in reverse, I set the hand brake. Once I
got it in reverse, I couldn't release the handbrake until I removed the
cover and examined the mechanism. All the while, three feet of the nose were
stinking out into a busy street. My wife stood and laughed.