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E-brake doesn't work...

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by mika » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:37 am

Not trying to derail

If one has a non op e-brake system on an automatic, and the brakes go out (descending from the rockies), can I shift into 3rd, then 1st? Or is my only choice to use the side barrier to slow down (or coast out if possible).

My problem is the entire cable snapped because the drum seized. All the e brake hard wear and cables are now missing (had to be taken out for car to drive).
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:37 pm

You can engine brake an automatic just like a standard it will help slow you down.

Complete brake failure on cars is really rare thanks to dual brake circuits. If you maintain them at all, you can drive for your lifetime without experiencing brake failure.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by mika » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:51 pm

well that is re assuring. I hard an elaborate plan of wearing a helmet and jumping out if anything 8)
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by polskamafia mjl » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:32 pm

abscate wrote: Both of my bricks are manuals so working e-brakes are mandatory
Yes, mine just became a manual so I figured some R&R on the parking brake was due.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by polskamafia mjl » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:04 pm

NAPA shoes fit like a glove although I did have to grind away the lip on the inside of the driver side rotor. I'm not sure how the expander mechanism works but I couldn't get it to compress which made it difficult to slide the rotor on. The passenger side with the working cable was easy and and everything fit correctly. I'll be sending the other ones back to FCP. Now I just need to get motivated to replace the broken e brake cable.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by JeanPete » Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:25 am

Hello,
abscate wrote:Nope - you adjust the star wheels first to get the shoes close to the drum without binding. A little bit of scraping and noise is ok - they need to be close to the drum to be effective.
Is it normal, please? (got to click on pix to see video)

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:31 pm

The fact that you can spin the wheel with your finger means they aren't too tight. Of course I can not tell if they are too loose.

When you get them right 2-3 clicks on the star wheel will freeze the wheel.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by JeanPete » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:49 pm

Hello abscate,

Thank you for your answer. Sorry for my bad English, but :
abscate wrote:Of course I can tell if they are too loose.
May I read "can" or "can't", please?

For shoes adjustment, I applied Volvo method : tighten with star wheel, then back up 5 notches.

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:57 pm

Sorry I used English contractions which spell check made mistakes.

I cannot tell if they are too loose, of course.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by JeanPete » Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:45 am

OK, thanks again!

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