Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 08:36:58 -0800
From: "Bill Moore" <>
Subject: Re: Emergency Brake Tightening

the emergency break is built into the front caliper on a spiral thread that alows the adj to be automatic. You can over wind the adjustment while doing the break job and it may stick or even bind in which case its gone for good- till you take it apart and clean it. take the car to a dirt road and do a panic stop using only the emergency brake- the skid mark will show you which side is not working. sometimes the heat from a long braking will allow the adj to start working again. Duane Dostie <> wrote in message news:01bf2b1e$e0b78500$276939cenopsam.. > > > I just had the front rotors and brake pads replaced on a 1986 Saab 900. > > The mechanic (not the usual one) seems to have gummed up the adjustment > > on the emergency brake. On a very gentle downhill, with the motor > > running, the gearshift (manual) in neutral and the emergency brake set, > > the car drifts backwards. That's never happened before. > > > > I've heard that if I drive forward slowly with the emergency brake set, > > it will tighten the brake. I've tried this on my flat, 15' driveway a > > few times with no perceived improvement. Is this a Saab folk tale or am > > I doing this improperly? > > > > Any other remedies not involving my taking the car back to the shop are > > welcome. > > > I've always had success after a brake job when I refrained from using the > parking brake for a couple of days. I can't really explain why, but it > works. I've had no success following the instructions in the > Bentley/Factory manaual. > > Duane

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