Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 13:07:36 GMT
From: "David Chittim" <>
Subject: Parking Brake - '91   9000

Does anyone else have trouble with the parking brake refusing to release? The right brake began sticking because the shaft of the brake actuating lever (inside the caliper) was getting cocked in its bearings. I attempted tightening the coilspring, but it still was too weak. I then attached a stainless steel cable to the lever and ran it back to the rear bumper so that at least I wouldn't have to kneel in the mub reaching under the car to pull the lever free manually. Finally last fall I replaced the entire caliper and the problem disappeared. Now it seems that the left brake is doing the same thing. The problem is definitely in the caliper, because once I apply moderate pressure on the lever (where the cable is attached) it releases with a snap. I have to remember to leave it in gear lest it roll away from me on a hill! Also, what is the function of the recessed adjusting screw (takes an allen wrench) on the inboard face of the caliper? Does it limit or adjust the play of the parking brake? Finally, can someone refresh my memory about the automatic parking brake adjustment. Something about pull the lever up fifteen times while pressing the foot brake or some such thing. Thank you. David Chittim

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