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Old 09-09-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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How do I rebuild an e-brake?

So this happened: https://saablink.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31348

And then I ordered a new ebrake hardware kit and new ebrake shoes, but I have no clue how to rebuild the e-brake system. There's like 10 little pieces of hardware per side and I'm at a loss. Does anyone know of or have a DIY guide or step by step?

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you'll want to have the rotor and caliper off, obviously. Also the bolt holding on the cable off or maybe slackened.

then:

put the brake shoes, adjusting lever, and adjuster on the backplate

fit springs for retaing pins and return springs (suggests special tool)
the one tool looks like a loop end probably to strech the spring with the hooked end, the other tool kinda looks maybe like a dental pick?

fit rotor and caliper

hook cable in place and fit return spring for it.

adjust handbrake (DIP has a good writeup with photos on his 9-5 rear brake job page)

fit wheels

depress brake pedal to force caliper piston back out etc
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Thanks Dan, that diagram really helps... But what about those nail looking parts that came with the hardware kit? I don't see them in the diagram.
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Check out Dip's page!
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Check out Dip's page!
I'm there, but he doesn't actually remove/replace the ebrake components in his write-up
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if you look up the e-brake hardware kit on eeuroparts it says what the pieces are. the name of them should give a hint as to the pins function/placement IIRC
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Guys, I apparently fail at mechanicing... I still don't know how

THIS:


PLUS

THIS:


fits inside

THIS


I'm gonna go look at all the parts and try and figure it out!
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I'm glad I posted that last set of photos, because I think I may have figured it out after looking at the hardware kit and that diagram that Abdukted posted.
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The "nail" looking things go through the back of the dust cover and through the shoe, then you push the spring from #2 down with the little cup in #2 down over to hold the spring and shoe down and twist the cup so that the nail looking thing holds onto it.

hope that helps, a little run on, butg Im drunk
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The "nail" looking things go through the back of the dust cover and through the shoe, then you push the spring from #2 down with the little cup in #2 down over to hold the spring and shoe down and twist the cup so that the nail looking thing holds onto it.

hope that helps, a little run on, butg Im drunk
Thanks man! Drunk advice is the best advice
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also, take the other rotor/drum off the other side to see how it goes together if its not allready apart
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also, take the other rotor/drum off the other side to see how it goes together if its not allready apart
OMG, you're a genius!

hahahaha, I'm stupid.
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yes, definitel look at the other side and take a photo of it for reference, before you take that one apart too. (if you're doing both sides)
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I learned the hard way with drums. Never have someone help you and do both sides at the same time... What are you going to refer to when you forget where things go??
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I learned the hard way with drums. Never have someone help you and do both sides at the same time... What are you going to refer to when you forget where things go??
LOL, excellent point!

Alright, I work tomorrow, but this is happening thursday (along with a coolant flush, thermostat/coolant temp sensor swap, and trans oil flush), I feel much more confident about the endeavor now. I'll post up how things went thursday night!
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Okay, new problem... I just spent a few hours on this and now I'm even more frustrated.

You see,

I ordered new e-brake shoes and the "hardware kit", however the hardware kit does not come with all the parts I need.

Here's the hardware kit:


here's the ebrake diagram:



The hardware kit does not contain the adjustment screw (figure 1) and the other thinggy that actually attaches to the ebrake cable (figure 2).

Here's what I have left over from when my e-brake asploded.



The big problem is that these two parts from my old ebrake that I need from my new ebrake are FUBAR...

I was able to get the adjustment screw back together. Figure 1A was crushed and and misshapened, figure 1B was all gouged up where it fits into figure 1A. After some hard work with I was able to get the adjustment screw back together (with a hammer, dremmel tool grinder, sandpaper and some patients).

Firgure 2 (the mechanism that attaches to the ebrake cable and acts on the shoes is unrepairable).

So now lies the problem. I can't seem to order a new 'figure 2' anywhere... and I need one to make my ebrake work. Anyone have any ideas?
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Yah you need to go to the dealer those are not general "wear" items that ever need replacing ( or a junk yard I guess)

Boy I am old, every car I had back in the day had drums ( and my TR6 stillhas them in teh rear...
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Chris let me know how this goes and what tools you use or how you are able to remove and re-install these little screws and pins.

I took the rear brakes off my wife's 99 today to do pads and rotors and found everything in tact except shoes have a paper thin layer of friction material on drivers side and just metal on the pass side!!!!

so I gotta do new ebrakes too
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dukted, want to help me fix the e-brake on my 900?
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