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Old 07-20-2018, 09:15 AM   #1
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Sticking handbrake release button

The emergency/handbrake button in my 98 Boxster occasionally sticks in the depressed (in) position. It sometimes feels like there is some binding/scraping as the button is depressed. The button will eventually release if I press it a couple times or slap the handle. The Ebrake works fine and releases, the handle button just sticks and triggers the dash light. Anyone else encounter this issue and know what may need to be addressed?
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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same thing on mine, i just give the handle a little flick and the button pops out. Sort of annoying but not enough for me to take apart the console area to remove the handle and fix. If someone has an easy suggestion i'm all ears as well!
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:25 AM   #3
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Mine too. Bad enough where my top got stuck open. I bought the switch, but waiting till off season to work on it. So I bought a smart top relay, resolved issue wwas expensive but was wanting one so just bought it.

Options keep top working is bend pin 15 on top relay and run a ground wire from socket I think it was or maybe it was solder to the relay pin and ground. If you search for cheap smart top mod or look on Pedro’s site there are instructions.
That bypasses the emergency brake switch.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:08 PM   #4
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You can lubricate the handbrake linkage. The top cover lifts off on the handbrake exposing the cable and spring assembly. My 97 was doing the same thing and I used water proof silicon spray and that took care of it. That was a year and half ago and no issues or re-occurrence.
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Thanks NWI Bill, I'll give your fix a try!
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