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My ebrake stuck all last winter so I had the local mechanic replace the ebrake cable on the left wheel because he said there was a kink in it.(this guys a good guy, it'snot his fault) The problem is that now it is sticking again. Seeing that it's cold again. I'm thinking that it is the caliper. The problem is that it doesn't stop after the wheel starts moving, it just keeps rubbing the brake on the disc. It was so bad that the rotor was glowing bright red when it stuck about 4 days ago.
 

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it's called not using ure E-brake when it hits below 0c. condensation builds up on the line causing it to freeze! I had this happen 2 yrs ago all winter replaced the cable twice then I came to the conclusion that hey just leave it in gear! if you dont you WILL warp ure rotor from the heat! actually you mite want to have that looked at since it was already glowing! :wink:
 

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My ebrake stuck all last winter so I had the local mechanic replace the ebrake cable on the left wheel because he said there was a kink in it.(this guys a good guy, it'snot his fault) The problem is that now it is sticking again. Seeing that it's cold again. I'm thinking that it is the caliper. The problem is that it doesn't stop after the wheel starts moving, it just keeps rubbing the brake on the disc. It was so bad that the rotor was glowing bright red when it stuck about 4 days ago.
same thing happened to me this morning. my sister drove the car last nght, and ebraked it in the driveway over nigh. i was gonna go to the bank today, got tpo the end of my street and turned around, case it felt like it was frozens hut again.. so i get home, and she starts running around cause she's late for something and takes the car... so shes driving around, and holy fuck do i hope she doesn't warp a fucking rotor or do any damage...
 

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How easy is it to replace the e-brake cable? Do you have to remove the carpet or anything or is it all under the car except at the handle? And does replacing the cable fix the "ebrake not wanting to set in the first place" problem?
 

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you have to drop the exhaust to get at the top cable connection
 

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Well I'm pretty sure that people use their e-brakes when it is cold out. It shouldn't do this and if its just condesation why does it only do it on one wheel?


And heres something else. Last year it would stick even if i pulled itup after driving for a while and just using it to umm errr turn better. Although that could've just been the kink in the cable.
 

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I'm still on the stock drums/shoes for my LX and use my e-brake every day (to prevent the cables from siezing) and have never had it ice up. Maybe this is a GT/caliper problem only?
 

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typically drum brakes are usually worse with the ebrake from what I hear. I think I"m going to replace the caliper and see what happens.
 

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Ebrake sticks on ZX2 :(

What' the deal with this ???
The Ebrake on my '02 ZX2 is stuck, as well. I personally think this is pathetic, as I have not experienced it with ANY of my other cars American/Japanese, new OR old; I have also observed it occurs most often with Fords (including my Hubby's 2 Rangers)- (tho' the old Japanese models used to have the starwheels stick a lot).
What gives?
I thought the Ebrake would be more cooperative if I actually USED it, not the other way around ???
This is not going to make my trip to Florida enjoyable.....
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It is a common fault in the GT rear discs. The parking brake lever's internals get all rusty or whatever. The spring is not strong enough. You can't buy just the spring, but if you could, it isn't strong enough anyway. You must replace the whole caliper. They arent too much with core, and it's not too hard a job.
 

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Also, the passenger side cable goes very close to the exhaust, so gets warmed up and cooled of a lot. this could cause the condensation stuff, theoretically. When I changed my cables, I had to drop the exhaust and remove the heat shielding as well. I kind of wish that the escorts used a mechanical ebrake rather than a hydraulic one, it would be a lot simpler to maintain, and the rear calipers would be a lot cheaper (theyre more expensive than the fronts are).


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