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Old 10-28-2018, 11:59 AM   #15
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I live with 30 minutes of 6 VW dealerships and have done business with them all over the years and they are all terrible. It's hard to tell if they're incompetent or trying to rip you off. Sadly I think it's a little of both.
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:31 PM   #16
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Parking Brake Update

Okay... I'm starting to get frustrated.

When I replaced the rear rotors and pads at the end of October, the parking brake seemed to be working almost like new. So, I thought maybe the handle previously had too much play because the piston in each caliper was extended too far.

But during the past month, the problem got progressively worse to the point where the parking brake handle has 2 inches of play (1 click). I can actually get the parking brake indicator on the dash to light up before I feel any resistance in the handle. I can still get the brake to engage, but the handle has to be pulled up 12 clicks.

I bought new springs from ECS (the guy on the phone was really helpful) and had a local shop install them because it is way too damn cold to get under the car right now without a garage. Unfortunately, that didn't solve the problem. I also tried adjusting the parking brake by pressing the pedal down all the way, pressing the button on the e-brake handle, and pulling up on the handle 2-3 times. No change.

Can you guys think of what else could be causing this problem? I just find it weird that after replacing the pads and rotors that everything was fine for a while. Is it possible that the small arm where the cable and spring attach is gunked up? I'd rather not have to replace the caliper if I don't need to.

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