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Thanks for the *many* replies about my binding handbrake cable. The
overwhelming consensus was that this is a common problem with cables 10+
years old and that the only sure fix is to replace them or move to a warm
climate :-). The cables aren't too high - ~$32 by mail, and the job
doesn't look too hard. In fact, the rear half disassembles in a minute.
The front half looks more problematic (i.e., rusty!).
Fortunately, I can unstick mine with a screwdriver and I guess I should
take to carrying a set of wire cutters with me just in case. In the mean
time, I've taken to carrying a brick - an effective if low tech
solution. Gee, for an audi, it should probably be an ingot of some
esoteric light weight alloy, not lowly ceramic, eh? Maybe there is even
VW/Audi part number for a hi-tech chock. Whaddaya think?
I can see it now: "435-079-216 Immobilizer device, aluminum honeycomb." ;-)
Thanks again to all.
Lead Engineer, Networking and Communications Systems