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Old 08-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Parking brake isnt working

Hey guys I have an 04 wrx and when I bought it the parking brake was rly weak. Now I can't even rely on it cause it doesn't work at all. Any suggestions on what could be wrong or how to fix it?

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Old 08-29-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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It could be a variety of reasons. Since the parking brake doesn't do any stopping I doubt the drum shoes have worn down. Might be stretched cables?
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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That what a couple of my friends think. What would I have to do to fix it or even check if it is a stretched cable?
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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My STI had weak e-brake basically since new. When I did my last brake job, I poked around on the rear e-brake assembly while the rotor was off. There's a little gear thing near the bottom that you can turn to adjust the brake tension. I don't remember which way is tighter/looser, but I tightened it up a bit at a time, until I couldn't get the rotor to go on over the shoes. Then I backed it off a bit.

My e-brake is insane now.

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Old 08-30-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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That makes sense. Plus unless you are pulling it rally style its pretty hard to wear out the shoes.
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