Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 18:28:53 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <>
Subject: Re: 1985 SAAB 900 sticking emergency brake

In article <bibndh$3nv$>, spouted forth into > Anyone know of a fix that doesn't require complete disassembly of the > braking system on each front wheel? > OK, my car failed the MOT because the handbrake was inopperative (self adjust didn't work, because the brake wasn't releasing far enough. What I did was use plenty of brake/carb cleaner (something that won't leave a residue) that will clean up everything, and make for an easier movement anyway. Then disconnect the cable, and wiggle the lever on the caliper through it's full motion till it eases up, and spring out. After that, use a light lubricant. I used WD40, because it is easier to get here, and a little plusgas to make things move better. Once everything was moving, I smeared loads of plusgas round the spindle only, to help stop the crud getting in again. passed the MOT, and managed for 6 months till I realised that the pads needed changing, and the piston dust sheild was ripped, and the piston wouldn't retract. As it was, I bought two rebuild calipers, and a new set of discs, because I'm sure one was warped. Job done. Now I must get those old calipers back for exchange. -- Carl Robson (The poster formerly known as Skodapilot)

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