Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 09:03:19 +0000 (UTC)
From: "SimonJ" <>
Subject: Re: 1985 SAAB 900 sticking emergency brake

<> wrote in message news:bibndh$3nv$ > My '85 SAAB 900 front-wheel brake pads have recently begun sticking in > the applied position when activated by the handbrake. The cables > connecting the handbrake to the front wheels slide with complete freedom > in their channels, but the coil springs on each front wheel that are > supposed to return the braking levers moved by the handbrake are unable > to overcome this stickiness when the handbrake is released, requiring > that someone reach behind each wheel and pull each braking lever forward > past the sticking point. > > Anyone know of a fix that doesn't require complete disassembly of the > braking system on each front wheel? > You could try attacking the pivots with a little WD40, making sure you dont get it on the pads of course, but this can only be regarded as a temporary repair of course, if something is causing the callipers to stick they need fixing properly at some point. Also make sure the cables are adjusted properly, I cant remember the exact procedure, but it involves more than simply taking as much slack out as posible, there is a specific routine that must be followed. Many problems on 900 handbrake are simply a result of poor adjustment.

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