[200q20v] Rear Caliper sticking?

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Oct 14 13:16:16 EDT 2000

I found that manually retracting the lever,  soaking it with penetrating 
oil repeatedly and even totally disengaging the e-brake cable would not 
stop the brake from dragging.  I think the internal brake actuating 
fixtures remain stuck once they're sufficiently corroded.  I even turned 
the pistons back in after disconnecting the cables, and the brakes returned 
to binding against the rotors within a couple applications of the brake pedal.

At 10:33 AM 10/14/2000 -0400, Phil Rose wrote:

>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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