Suggestions for preventing rear E-brake lockup

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Wed Mar 20 20:55:52 EST 2002

Never, NEVER use the e-brake after driving thru wet and slush ending in
nighttime parking for a freezing night, expecting to go in the morning.
Overhaul the caliper, most likely 60 to 100K overdue.


From: "Jobe Tichy" <bimmer_dude at>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 01:11:53
To: 200q20v at
Subject: Suggestions for preventing rear E-brake lockup

Hello all... 

I just got back from a quick trip to the store and I thought my car was
quite sluggish on the get up and slowed down way too fast.  My beliefs were
confirmed when I got out to smell brake pad smoke--AHH!  I was hoping this
would not happen.  So, some how, whether by the cold weather or otherwise,
the ebrake cam on the caliper was stuck closed keeping the ebrake on even
after released.  Is this common on midwest Audis with all of the salt and
crud?  Is there any preventative maintenance you can suggest, whether
cleaning out the cam or otherwise?  Should I avoid using the ebrake and use
it only when necessary?  Does the cam return spring need replacing after
several years?  I don't think the sheathing broke on the ebrake lines
because after pumping the hell out of the brakes, I was able to get the cam
to loosen up and now everthing is fine--I just don't want to deal with this
again so if there is anything to do, I'd appreciate the tip! s.

Thanks in advance. 


'91 200tq 20v 
'84 BMW 318i (modified)

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