Thank God somebody else mentioned this! I have a 2010 Soul (5-spd. manual trans) that I bought in May of '09. This has always been an issue; if the car get wet and sits for a day or two, the e-brake locks up, and when I put it in gear, it releases with a loud POP. Oh, and I park on a flat concrete driveway... hills aren't part of my issue.
In my 2nd year with the Soul, I started storing it during the summers (I have a couple other cars I only use when we have good weather in Ohio). I began storing it in a friend's garage, totally enclosed with concrete floor. Well, when I went to get it out in the Fall, the parking brake SHOES were rusted to the drum! It had to be flatbedded to the dealer as it would not roll, no matter what I tried.
The dealer confirmed it: shoes rusted to parking brake drum due to "a lot of metal in the brake shoe lining." They cleaned & lubed up everything, and put new shoes in. They suggested that I leave the trans in gear and keep the parking brake OFF when it's in storage. Oh- and with the Tons Of Souls running around this city, I was the only one they'd ever seen with this issue.
The next summer, I did that. Guess what? That Fall, the e-brake was again frozen, and the rear wheels would NOT move. Again with the flatbed, and off to the dealer!
The service mgr. suggested that my storing it was unusual, and that in the Spring, I'd take it in to have them: 1- clean & lube the entire mechanism, 2- back off the e-brake for extra clearance. 3- I agreed to get the Soul and drive it for a few minutes each month while in storage. It worked, and I got had no issues this past November when I put it back on the road.
Even so-- I never went back to the dealer this year to have the e-brake adjusted back up. It didn't need it! Also, now that Winter is upon us, if the car gets damp and sits for a day, the e-brake sticks to the drum and breaks loose with that loud POP. I'm glad to know it's not just me! This is a legitimate issue with the Soul, and the composition of the materials in the e-brake lining seems to be the problem. Now-- what can we do about this??
Last edited by IRCorva; 01-15-2013 at 08:57 PM.
It won't, there's no energy to the ignition.
Mini Cooper S and Soul. Life's good!