I need to remove the Emergency Brake Release Handle Assembly from my dash in order to install a dash cover. I am unable to release the clip behind the dash (dash will remain installed), so will have to cut it off.
Does anyone have an Emergency Brake Release Handle Assembly? It only fits the Chevrolet variants.
Marc there are two tabs on the release that snap into the square hole in the dash. You need to get to them from under the dash, a PITA. Also be very careful, there isn't much strength to the area where the release snaps into, just plastic. Replace my release many years ago. Bob
Thanks Bob. I have been trying to compress those tabs for a few days, with no success. I can get 1 tab compressed enough to poke out the front, but the left side just won't compress. I have tried all my pliers and pressing with a flat screwdriver. A set of large right-angle pliers would likely work, but I don't own any.
It's been so long i can't remember what the trick was. Just know the hole in the dash is fragile, I actually cut that section out of a junkyard dash so i would have a repair piece for the future. It's still in a box thankfully.
Maybe you could try two pieces of 1/8x3/4x6 with a bolt in the center and a pivot at one end. Slid the press in and tighten the center bolt. Just a thought. Bob
Too late, I cut it out leaving the dash intact; my fingers just couldn't stand the pain anymore. So, I need a replacement, which fortunately can be installed with the dash in place.
I did read an older thread where someone tried to carefully remove the release handle and broke the hole out in the dash, and had to fab an aluminum plate to the front of that area (painted the dash color). The plate was well hidden behind the handle. I didn't want to end up with that solution.
I had to repair my dash because the edge of the hole broke. I used the plastic from a spare glove box door. Its got the same grain. I used two button head screws at the bottom and marine epoxy on the back. You can hardly notice it.