Parking Brake Cable Adjust

alan cordeiro alancordeiro at
Sun May 4 14:15:40 EDT 2003


The Granada shared many parts with the Mercur Scorpio,
which was available here from 1985 through 1998-99??
Perhaps that may be a lead..

And your other point is correct, us people in the north have
a different symptom of freezing up the parking brake. Its
the place where the shaft goes into the caliper.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil and Judy Rose" <pjrose at>
To: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at>
Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 12:11 PM
Subject: Re: Parking Brake Cable Adjust

> At 9:11 AM -0700 5/3/03, Bernie Benz wrote:
> >IMO. the more common cause of piston non-return is just sludged up
> >hydraulics within the caliper that can be solved with disassembly and
> >cleaning without getting into the PB actuating mechanism.  BTDT.
> You could be right about the "more common" cause, but I wonder if
> you're generalizing from just limited, Nevada-based experience????
> Let's not forget that many other owners experience considerable road
> salt-induced corrosion on both the calipers _and_ cables.  And how
> does "sludged up hydraulics" account for the fact that many people
> have been able (BTDT) to improve the ebrake return  by merely
> introducing lubrication (and eliminating corrosion) along the
> actuating-lever shaft? There are many contributors to the problem, so
> I rather doubt that you know which is the "more common" cause.
> >The return spring is sufficient for a caliper that is in good shape.
> Well, who could argue with a self-evident statement like that? But it
> only suggests that Audi/Girling came up with a barely adequate
> design--something which I'd not expect _you_ to be a proponent (or
> apologist) for.  In _other_ parts of the world (not sun-belt), the
> sufficiency of the return spring seems actually to require both
> calipers and cables "in close to perfect condition", not just "in
> good shape" (whatever that means anyway). This is especially
> frustrating, considering that it appears a modest increase of the
> spring-rate might prolong the  ebrake's (full return) function by
> several years.
> Hey, speaking of beefier ebrake springs-- has anyone actually located
> and installed the European Ford (Granada, was it?) ebrake
> return-spring that was said to be applicable to our cars? Years ago I
> attempted to get one of the euro-listers to help me locate that Ford
> spring, but it came to naught... I believe I have a p/n, somewhere...
> Phil
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