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Re: Parking brake up and locked

	BTDT indeed. I've always taken the clip off the pivot bolt and removed the
pivot. Once removed, you can turn it over and do what it takes to flip the
pawl over and get it aligned with the divot in the rod (it'll become
apparent once you've examined it, I believe). It's a PITA, but doable with
a minimum of mechanical ability, common sense, and patience...

Hope you find this of help...

> From: Antilles Engineering <antilles@madriver.com>
> To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> Subject: Parking brake up and locked
> Date: Saturday, July 05, 1997 1:25 PM
> Dear Audiphiles,
> With our 1990 200 tqw yesterday, we parked a steep hill.  The emergency
> brake cable has been rather slack (putting that off, of course) and I
> agressively pulled up the handle.  Whoops--came up but would not go back
> down (only about half way).  No "ratcheting sound now. Rear brakes
> but not locked up hard.   Went home at 2mph, cooling off the brakes every
> hundred yards.  No damage except that a kid on a motorized skate board
> passed me laughing like hell and yelling I should get a Ford!
> Using Bentley Fig. 46.18, got the center console off and parking brake
> grip off.  I'm guessing but it "feels"  like the pawl that ratchets along
> the . . er. . .ratchet, somehow kicked over center and won't come back.
> (My only thought is that the German engineers who designed the pawl said,
> "Ach!, if some stupid owner allows their cable to get too slack and then
> tries to pull it nearly verticle, the brake handle will lock up in my
> special safe position and then they will be forced to seek a proper
> Audi Mechanic mit the proper tools und der proper parts.  Heh-heh.)
>  Anyone had this experience before.  Two paths of enlightened engineering
> seem likely
> 1.  Grind out the pivot bolt that holds the pawl.  (This is the only way
> can see what's going on in there. . .or
> 2.  Remove circlip from Pivot Bolt around which the brake lever rotates
> around to do a more in-depth autopsy.
> Anyone BTDT???  Comments (including those from the engineer that designed
> the pawl) will be appreciated.
> Doug
> 200 qtw not goin' nowhere