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Old 19-Dec-2004, 02:33 PM
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Parking Brake Problem

I am having a problem with my passenger side rear brake. For some reason mostly when its cold like today, the parking brake doesn't disengage properly (only the rear passenger side) If I drive for a bit it will eventually un-seize itself. However, today I was driving and I could feel that it was slightly engaged, when I stopped to check the lugs were fairly hot so I knew something was wrong. Afterwards I had to drive a block or so to get home and the the tire on the rear side where the brake is seizing sounded loose. Sure enough when I got home the lugs were very loose. Its like the heat from the shoes are causing the lugs to loosen.

Anyway I just need to know if anyone has any ideas on what the problem could be. Is there any way of like lubricating the the E-brak cable on that side? Any could would be great. I drive a 99 Sedan
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Old 19-Dec-2004, 10:22 PM
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drums I assume, so it could be seized shoes on the pads, which is unlikely, or the cable is getting some moisture in it and freezing up. either way, service the drums, and test your cable (take off center console, pull the e-brake, and verify that one is stuck... then proceed to pull the brake again. watch the load distributor to see if the cable is seized).
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Old 20-Dec-2004, 07:40 PM
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hey bbarbulo, if the cables load distributer suggests there isn't a siezed cable, would a faulty wheel bearing cause enough friction for what Moe_Mentum describes????
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Mechanic so far said the cold made it freeze or stick... I will know for sure tomorow
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Also the wheels were loosening and causing more friction cause the idiot who put on my winters forgot to take off the center cap on that side
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hey Moe_Mentum i had the same problem last year and today it happend again..so wat i do is i dont use my E-brake anymore..just put on 1st...when it's really cold dats when it happends...i say dont use ur e-brake...i drive 98 sedean..
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Man must be a problem with ours cars... Is there any specific way of determining when is too cold to use the E-brake? I normally stick it in first and use my e-brake

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hey Moe_Mentum i had the same problem last year and today it happend again..so wat i do is i dont use my E-brake anymore..just put on 1st...when it's really cold dats when it happends...i say dont use ur e-brake...i drive 98 sedean..
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Do a rear brake service...

PITA but worth it...
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Same thing happened to me last year, rear right. Cause: siezed ebrake cable. They are 30 bux or so from honda, replace it. Mine would freeze when it was really cold. My concensious was it got ****ed because i removed all my heat sheilds, and the cable was exposed to the exhuast heat (barely a finger width away) The heat from the exhust damages the iner lining of the cable, and most likely causes moisture buildup .. When the cold snaps like -20 -30 the cable shrinks and binds... This all within the curving section of cable. Remember the retraction of the shoes all rely on a tiny little return spring. It doeant take much to hold onto that cable.

I replaced my cable and replaced all my heatshields and the problem went away. Easy cheap fix.


Read this thread, if its not the ebrake cable, the rest of the info to troubleshoot should be here. Replaceing my cable was the last step i took. Which ultimatly was the solution.

sticky Ebrake
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