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1996 Cadillac Deville.

I put my car into gear and heard a snap in the steering column area and it hit me in the leg. It is a spring from somewhere.

If it werent broke it would measure about 1" total.

Everything seems to be working normally but when it snapped it hit pretty hard.

I tried the tilt, the turn signals, the shifter> I dont know what it came off of and if I need to worry about it. I had used my parking brake but that seems to work fine also.

Any ideas

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It's probably one of the brake pedal return springs, or a spring on one of the brake switches.

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are they hard to see? I figure it will be difficult to see where something like this would go if it wasnt there. Thanks

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I don't know exactly how the brake and switch return springs are hooked up. Someone who has worked with the brake switches?

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I can always look at my Seville, but there are slight changes between the 96 and 97 years. I could also check my local salvage yard

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He mentioned putting car in gear. Column shift? So spring may be for shift lever part which a Seville/eldo will not have?

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well here is the problem. 3 things happened when the spring broke.

I pushed the brake pedal

I shifted into gear

and I released the parking brake

It could have been from any one of those things lol. :unsure:

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I agree with Jim. The broken part of the spring has an elongated hook that is connected to the parking brake arm. Just put you head under the dash area and look up at the parking break arm. You might actually see the broken part of the spring hanging. Given that you were hit in the leg by this spring indicates it's the parking brake spring. Also, you can try to manually move the parking brake arm. There should be tension on the arm. If the spring isn't replaced the arm will fall a bit and, from what I remember, the brake warning will light go on.

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I was wondering the same thing. I have not had the time to look but I have tested it

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  • 2 years later...

Deja vu.

The exact thing happened in my 97 Deville today. Whatever it is it never affected anything on my 96 Deville so I never really worried about it. I would like to figure out exactly where it goes lol.

It is kind of hard to lay on your back looking under the dash for where a spring used to go. I may have to look at one at my local salvage yard.

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The same thing happened with my 1997 ETC in about 2006. I assumed that it was one of the return springs on one of the brake switches. With no trouble symptoms, I never had a way to find it.

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I believe its from the parking brake assembly.

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I looked at the manual, there are no springs on the 2 brake switches from what I can see.

I also searched google for parking brake assbly photos and the manual release spring looks longer. I will have a look tomorrow to see if the one on Jims/my 97 ETC is missing

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I am sorry for the multiple posting, could a moderator please delete the last 2 posts the app was acting odd and when I clicked it, I went to a blank page 3 times....I made the mistake of hitting back and posted multiple times.

The app has been quirky on my android at times, not sure if its something going onnwith my phone. Thanks

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Trust me, a spring very much like the photo is missing in the 1997 ETC that I sold BBF.

I once bought a 1973 Caprice Estate wagon with the 454, late in the year to get a deal. It had an amazing collection of bolts under the front seat. A few of them were high-tension suspension bolts with SAE Grade 8 markings on the head. But there were no missing or loose bolts in that car. It was one of the best cars I ever had. Except that the Arab Oil Embargo hit two weeks after I took delivery, and it got 9 mpg. When the EPA ratings came out a year or so later, I looked up the car and yes, it was 9 city, 9 highway.

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I think it is the timer spring. When the timer runs out it breaks and hits you in the foot. It is designed to see if you are paying attention to your car.

It makes perfect sense, the automakers are out to get us, or at least injure us. LOL

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Since mine had a break in the wire on one end that looked like a complete spring had another hook on it, like in the photo in the first post, I'm assuming that the spring actually has a use and is not a joke by someone in Hamtramck, MI. But since a number of people have mentioned this spring dropping on their foot but no one has noticed any change or symptom, I can't shake that notion entirely.

My car had a center console, an emergency brake that was very rarely used (car was not driven much in hilly cities or country), and the spring dropped when I depressed the brake to start the car. I don't touch the accelerator to start the car, and it's too small to be a brake pedal return spring, so I was thinking of the brake switches, but could not see any without a trouble light and noticed no problem, so I let it go. I looked again on the weekend, and looked through the FSM, and never could find it, and without a problem to troubleshoot...

It could be a return spring on one of the HVAC control doors or servos. I never looked at that.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Haha, timer spring.

Its actually the henway.

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