Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 11:34:36 GMT
From: "wgr" <>
Subject: No Emergency Brake on '97 8000 CSE

Seeking wisdom of the list here. I have a '97 900 CSE with 70,000 miles on it. Everything was working fine with my brakes, but at 70K I figured I would get them services before they wore the pads down into the rotors. The $tealer wanted $250 per axle without having even looked at it so I took it to an independent shop who quoted me 124 per axle over the phone. They did an inspection and pointed out to me how the pads, even though they were only about 50% worn, had a cup to them and that the rotors were actually wearing away as fast as the pads. So, despite my cautiousness I needed all four rotors turned and new pads. OK, fine. But then the mechanic asks me if the car was ever "in the snow" to which I replied yes, HE said that in his experience, this would cause problems with the rear calipers. Something about the e-brake mechanism. But, that was gonna add another $350 to the cost so I elected not to do them. Well, I got the car back and the brakes look, sound and feel great - BUT - I no longer have ANY emergency brake! I jacked it up and took a look at the calipers and I can't see for the life of me how any corrosion would cause a problem with the actuation of the emergency brake. Anyone have any insight as to what might be going on here? -- TeddyBearBill Be sure to remove the nospam in reply address before sending!

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