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Old 08-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Parking brake

My indy shop can't seem to make my parking work correctly. My pb works down hill but not up hill (it rolls backwards). Here's what we've done so far:
1) replaced the shoes
2) adjusted the cables so that it pulls tight
3) repaced the "expanding lock" . The old one was frozen so when we took it out we thought that that was def it, but it was not.

Where do we go from here from your experience? The shop is reluctant to give me my money back and said he would consult with another shop.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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maybe need new rotors if the surface is worn.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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I'd be reluctant to do all that work for free as well, but may consider refunding a diagnostic fee as the diagnosis was incorrect.

Are you going to give them all the parts and their time back if they give you a refund?

Second on checking rotors.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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Does the parking brake hold the wheels in place when the car is in the air?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:08 AM   #5
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Rotors are fairly new so I would rule that out.
It is tough to turn the wheel when up in the air but the only test is when parking on a hill it rolls back. Nothing really checks out.
I was considering replacing the pb hardware but not sure yet as the springs/components look fine. I'm curious as to what the shop comes back with as an alternative solution today as he said he would call by today.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:42 AM   #6
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Did they tighten it from in the cabin and at the wheels?

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Old 08-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #7
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This is partially normal. parking brake is more effective at stopping forward motion.
You may need to seat the new pads to drums. from about 10 mph apply parking brake to bring car to stop.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:29 AM   #8
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Yes we tightened it from the wheel first then from the cabin...

We are going to check if the shoes were put on correctly. They are claiming I might have put shoes on wrong.. If I made this mistake, why would the parking brake work downhill but not up hill??




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Old 08-31-2012, 06:32 AM   #9
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You guys were right it was a bad rotor. The rotors had a grove in it and the shoes were worn. Not sure what happened but somehow there was friction going on to cause this as the rotorss and shoes were no more than a yr old.


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Old 08-31-2012, 06:58 AM   #10
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i have this same issue. which rotor did you buy to replace the old ones?
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