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Old 12-18-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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How do you use the parking brake on a 1968 Mustang?

I just got a 1968 mustang, and I noticed that it has a parking brake pedal, and a little clicking button under it, and a lever you can pull out; these are the only controls on the car that I do not understand how to operate/what they do to the fullest. Please explain this to the best of your ability.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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How do you use the parking brake on a 1968 Mustang?

You pull on the parking brake handle to set the parking brake, then twist the handle counter clockwise to release the parking brake.

The pedal you are referring to actually operates the foot operated windshield washer pump.

Any button on the floor operated the high beam headlights.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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How do you use the parking brake on a 1968 Mustang?

The button on the floor is the headlight dimmer switch. If there is a small brake pedal, there has to be a release handle right above it on the bottom of the dash, but they didn't use them until '69. The earlier models all had a T handle you pulled and twist to release..

"Also called emergency brakes or "e-brakes," they were designed to keep a Mustang secure when parked. The parking brake is also supposed to stop the car if the hydraulic brake system fails. Count on reduced stopping distances and loss of control if that's the only choice.

Right off the assembly line, '65-'68 Mustang parking brakes offered marginal safety. Dash-mounted hand brakes have never been effective, even under the best of circumstances. They aren't as useful as between-the-seat hand brakes either, due to mechanical advantage. To be valuable at all, a dash-mounted hand brake must be in the best possible operational condition. The '69-'73 foot parking brake is more effective, thanks to the leverage and the strength in the left leg.

Early Mustang parking brakes consist of a ratcheting handle and a shaft, a detent, a pulley, and a series of cables connected to the rear brakes."
http://www.mustangmonthly.com/howto/...air/index.html



The parking brake/emergency brake is self explanatory.. used mainly with standard transmission cars...

You can pick up a copy of the owners manual on ebay or amazon.com
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:05 PM   #4
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How do you use the parking brake on a 1968 Mustang?

you step on the pedal to engage the parking brake, there should be a handle to pull to release it

The button underneath is the dimmer switch for the headlights, they were like this until the mid 70's

you must be new to driving if you've never seen the parking brake pedal before...if you're under 25 FTLOG take is slow....last thing anyone wants is a wrecked 65 mustang and a dead kid
(since they don't have much in terms of safety features)
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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How do you use the parking brake on a 1968 Mustang?

The button is the windshield wiper washer. The lever is the parking brakes. Why the washer button is there, ask Ford.
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