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Old 03-30-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default parking brake and rear brakes advice please

Stopped in an uphill parking spot.
Emergency brake applied and car started rolling back.

I disengaged the brake. The brake light turned off and the lever was in the down position.

Needless to say... 50 miles later. I am smelling burnt rubber. I was on the freeway. Nobody was behind me so I slowed down and was tapping brake pedal.

I am pretty sure that the ebrake never disengaged. Now the question...

How much damage did my vehicle suffer?
How is the rear brake system set up?
It is a 97 SW2.

I am so bummed out.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: parking brake and rear brakes advice please

Would check the parking brake cables first, make sure they both move freely , if not replace them, then check condition of the shoes, they are most likely burnt due to the them being over heated, check drums for heat cracks or being out of round, the bleed the rear brakes to get rid of the burnt fluid out of the wheel cylinders and the wheel cylinder's for leakage.
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Would check the parking brake cables first, make sure they both move freely , if not replace them, then check condition of the shoes, they are most likely burnt due to the them being over heated, check drums for heat cracks or being out of round, the bleed the rear brakes to get rid of the burnt fluid out of the wheel cylinders and the wheel cylinder's for leakage.
BALLS!!!
In other words... this could be to the tune of several hundred $'s....
It was raining and the wind was throwing me around. It was a rough ride. I couldn't hear anything or smell it early enough.
Had it been a clear day. I imagine I would have heard the sound and felt the vehicle dragging. With the strong wind...it was all wind resistance. The high wind didn't allow me to smell immediately. By the time I did smell... Imagine how bad the damage was.
This just sucks. Just my luck. CRAP!!!
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Default Re: parking brake and rear brakes advice please

If you have the tools and know how, changing out the brakes should not be too difficult or nearly as costly as you think. If you have rear pads and rotors on your wagon; they can be bought for a minimal cost. Changing them out will not be difficult. You will want to check the fluid; change the fluid out as well. Wheel Cylinders are not expensive either.

If you can change your oil, you can do brakes, regardless if they are front or rear brakes.
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I cooked the rear brakes on a mustang many years ago due to a parking brake cable being stuck on, from a cable I had freed up a few weeks before, since then if they don't return they get replaced, I get them so hot I boiled the brake fluid ,and the brake pedal went to the floor coming off the highway, was not good, thankfully it was stick, and dropped a couple of gears to get it around then corner.. You have to check everything, what's stopping you? Without good brakes
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