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September 15, 2012

Auto Scanner: Pinging baffles otherwise happy Escort driver

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Q: I have a 2010 Dodge Nitro. The problem is with the emergency brake. I have a state inspection due this month. The emergency brake pulls most of the way up before it will hold the car. When I went to my service station, they told me there is no adjustment for the emergency brakes. The vehicle only has 20,000 miles on it, and I don’t understand why I am having this problem and how will I pass the state inspection.

A:

The emergency brake on your Nitro is not adjustable. It has a self-adjusting unit under the console where the handle comes through. It’s a spring-loaded wheel with a cog. If the cable and the emergency brake are all in good shape, then obviously the adjuster is not working properly. I recommend you report this problem to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Car Care Tip:

If you are experiencing transmission problems, you want to address them as soon as possible. Typically, the longer you wait, the worse the damage and the more it will cost to repair.

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Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to scanauto@aol.com.

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