[200q20v] Rear Caliper sticking?

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sat Oct 14 11:33:11 EDT 2000

I'd guess that your handbrake lever offers no resistance until you've
pulled it up by at least a couple of inches? As a temporary fix, you can
probably free up the brake by crawling underneath and using a large
screwdiver (or small hammer) to rotate the caliper's e-brake actuator lever
(located at the rear exterior of the caliper--attached to the end of the
cable) to its fully released position. It is likely stuck because the
internal lever pivot (or the ebrake-cable itself is binding.) All it takes
for the brake to bind  tightly is if the lever gets stuck a few millimeters
away from the fully  "retracted" position. Until you remedy the underlying
cause, the brake will surely hang up again unless you avoid using your


At 12:50 AM -0400 10/14/00, -J J- wrote:
>hey all,
>i have a bit of a problem. It seems that my left rear brake caliper is
>sticking, or something is wrong with it.
>When I got home today, I walked past the wheel, and I felt a bunch of heat
>coming out.. I thought I might have been stupid and driven with the parking
>brake on (though I figured I would notice the brake light on..)  so  I
>dismissed it as driver error. I drove it later this evening, and when i got
>out, it was hot again!
>Any ideas on what is wrong? BTW, the dealer did some minor adjustments on
>the parking brake recently, and also replaced the bomb. Anything they might
>have done wrong? I don't suspect this though, because this was two ro three
>weeks ago.
>      tia,
>          John

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