Parking brake wont hold


Old 07-02-02, 09:15 PM
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Parking brake wont hold

Hi all,

I own a 1988 VW Jetta with rear drum brakes. I've checked the tension in the brake cable, checked the pads and drums for wear, but everything looks fine. Am i missing anything important here?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 07-03-02, 05:19 AM
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Yup. Rotted rear brake hardware. At this age, it's likely all toast.

Replace all the hardware, put new shoes (you're there anyhow) and try adjusting the brake now. If not, the cables have likely stretched and that's your next step.

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