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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 19:23:23 +0000
From: Zog The Undeniable <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 - How long/difficult to change all pads/discs?

yaofeng wrote: > Should have opened my big mouth I reckon no owning a 9-3 and thinking > all SAAB rear disc brakes have the same design. > > But I wonder why the simplicity of a screw inside the caliper advanced > by the hand brake lever to actuate parking brake concept is ababdoned > in favor of the more complicated design of having both a disc brake and > a drum brake for the rear like many other cars. I thought the SAAB > design elegant. > Citroen Xantias had a reputation for running away if you parked them on a hill with the front discs still hot. They contracted and the handbrake no longer held the car. Presumably there wasn't enough "spring" in the short cable. MX-5s - at least, Mk1 and Mk2 - have a screw-actuated piston for the rear brakes. My old Mk2 Micra also did - it was a bit of a weird one, with discs all round and ABS. Later cars had ABS, but rear drums. I guess they discovered how to make ABS work despite the self-servo (snatching) action of the cheaper drums.

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