Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri May 2 14:05:44 EDT 2003

Scott, you know a heck of lot more than I do about Audis and ebrakes,
but you don't always state things in a way that conveys the precise
meaning you intend. Your previous, _absolutely_ phrased statement (to
which I responded) failed to account for a situation in which ebrake
cable adjustment on "old" cables can be justified.

And now you say:

>Cables stretch Phil,

Well, sheeyit!  There you've made an exception to your absolute
statement about cables "never" needing adjustment except when
installing new. Since not every installer necessarily takes stretch
into account,  the ebrake action might end up becoming too loose over
time, right? But more likely, there's opposite error whereby the
installer disregards the fact that the new cable allows 4 or 5
lever-clicks before grabbing. That would be wat too much movement
IMHO and it ain't gonna get better over time, is it? So, if the PO
doesn't get it done right in the beginning, a new owner of that car
might be justified in having the cable adjusted. That's all I was
trying to point out.

>when there is a problem noticed by a owner, it's always related to
>either bad cables or bad rear calipers (or one causing the other).

Here I'll assume you mean a problem that's "noticed" to develop
gradually over some period of time.  Yes, we _do_ agree that a car
whose ebrake movement is observed ****over time*** to become way too
tight (or loose), is  not likely to be correctable by mere cable
adjustment. Most of us have endured the
weak-spring/loose-ebrake-cable situation long enough to have at least
one good reason to be wary of doing cable (re)adjustment.


>Scott Justusson
>QSHIPQ Performance Tuning
>5 quattros > all ebrakes working (for now)
>In a message dated 5/2/2003 8:58:30 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>pjrose at frontiernet.net writes:
>>  Scott, I have to disagree. A reason to adjust "at the handle" is if,
>>  previously, an incompetent tech (or PO) had installed new cables and
>>  failed to adjust properly. Some 2nd, 3rd or 4th owners of a
>>  12-yr old
>>  car might find themselves in that situation.
>>  Phil


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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