Had vehicle parking brake looked at, was told to either clip it (cheapest,and I can do the work) or bring it in and have it installed which could lead to other problems. I've looked in my owners manual to find location and wasn't there. How do I go about finding what I need to cut, is there a diagram I could download, can I do this my self/
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Re: parking break doesn't release
It's a cable that leads to the back brakes... directly under where the leaver is ... is where you will find the cable. keep in mind that brake is often referred to as a parking brake... but the proper name is emergency brake... in other words if your brakes fail... that's your last resort to stop your vehicle... other then hitting something... might want to get it fixed
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I had the same problem on my Passat Variant 2007. Randomly Park Brake won't activate and/or deactivate once button PB pressed. The cockpit computer tells "Park Brake Error" (or something similar). If this is your problem, the issue is very well known to VW Service centers. I had solved it by bringing the car to the Service: The told me that they substituted the ParkBrake Button (a differently made one, even if identical on the exterior) and Reprogramming (Updating) the car computer software.
Place parking brake lever in -full released- position.
Raise and support vehicle.
Remove plug in parking brake shoe support to access adjuster star-wheel.
Through the access hole, rotate the adjuster star wheel in the following direction to expand the shoes outward against the drum:
Left brake - Rotate star-wheel toward rear of vehicle.
Right brake - Rotate star-wheel toward front of vehicle.
Using an appropriate tool, turn adjuster star wheel until wheel will not rotate (dead lock).
Back off adjuster six detents (teeth).
Rotate wheel, checking for light drag. If drag is too heavy, continue to back off adjuster one detent at a time until light drag is present. Do not back off star-wheel more than 17 detents from wheel lock.
Install access plug.
Adjust opposite wheel parking brake shoes using same method.
Apply and release parking brake lever once to ensure proper operation of parking brakes.
Removal & Installation
The following procedure may be used to remove shoes on either side of the vehicle.
Lock out automatic adjuster in parking brake lever.
Raise and support vehicle.
Access and remove rear hub and bearing.
Remove parking brake cable bolt at knuckle.
Completely back off parking brake shoe adjustment.
Remove parking brake shoe adjuster spring.
Remove shoe adjuster.
Remove upper brake shoe hold-down clip and pin.
Remove lower brake shoe hold-down clip and pin.
Remove upper and lower shoes with return spring from shoe actuator.
Remove return spring from shoes.
Fig. View of the actuator (1), support (2), adjuster spring (3), return spring (4), caliper adapter (5), shoes (6), hold-down clips and pins (7) and adjuster (8)
Install return spring between upper and lower shoes.
Before installing shoes on actuator, make sure actuator hooked to rear cable is positioned with word -UP- facing outward.
Install upper and lower shoes with return spring on shoe actuator located on parking brake cable.
Install lower brake shoe hold-down pin through rear of support and lower shoe, then install hold-down clip.
Install upper brake shoe hold-down pin through rear of support and upper shoe, then install hold-down clip.
Install shoe adjuster. Place end of adjuster with star wheel upward.
Install parking brake shoe adjuster spring.
Install bolt securing parking brake cable to knuckle and tighten bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
Using Brake Shoe Gauge, Special Tool C-3919, or equivalent, measure inside diameter of parking brake drum portion of rotor.
Place Gauge over parking brake shoes at widest point.
Using adjuster star wheel, adjust parking brake shoes until linings on both park brake shoes just touch jaws on gauge. This will give a good preliminary adjustment of parking brake shoes, before a final adjustment is made at end of this procedure.
Install hub and bearing with wheel speed sensor as well as all components necessary to access it.
Unlock automatic adjuster in parking brake lever.
Perform final adjustment of parking brake shoes
This vehicle is equipped with permanently sealed rear wheel bearings. There is no periodic lubrication or maintenance recommended for these units.
Removal & Installation
Raise and support vehicle.
Remove wheel mounting nuts, then tire and wheel assembly.
If equipped with AWD:
Remove cotter pin, nut lock and spring washer from half shaft.
While a helper applies brakes to keep hub from turning, remove hub nut and washer.
Remove brake caliper and rotor from hub and bearing assembly.
Fig. Hub assembly
Disconnect vehicle wiring harness connector at wheel speed sensor connector.
Unclip wheel speed sensor connector from spare tire mounting support.
Disconnect two sensor cable routing clips on rear suspension crossmember.
Disconnect two sensor cable routing clips along toe link.
Disconnect sensor cable from bracket on brake support.
Completely loosen, but do not remove four bolts fastening hub and bearing in place. Once loosened from threads in hub and bearing, push bolts up against rear of hub and bearing to keep brake support plate in place when hub and bearing is removed.
Fig. Rear hub and bearing mounting bolts
Pull hub and bearing off knuckle and half shaft (if equipped with AWD), then thread wheel speed sensor cable through hole in brake support plate as it is removed with hub and bearing.
Position hub and bearing bolts though rear of knuckle and parking brake support just enough to hold support in place as hub and bearing is installed.
Install hub and bearing by first feeding end of wheel speed sensor cable through hole in bottom of parking brake support. As this is being done, if equipped with AWD, slide hub and bearing onto half shaft. Place hub and bearing through brake support, onto knuckle, lining up mounting bolt holes with bolts and placing wheel speed sensor head at bottom.
Install four bolts fastening hub and bearing in place. Tighten mounting bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
Place wheel speed sensor cable routing grommet into bracket on parking brake support.
Route wheel speed sensor cable along toe link and rear suspension crossmember connecting routing clips where shown.
Connect vehicle wiring harness to wheel speed sensor connector.
Install brake rotor and caliper.
If equipped with AWD:
Install washer and hub nut on end of half shaft.
While a helper applies brakes to keep hub from turning, tighten hub nut to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm).
Install spring washer, nut lock and cotter pin on end of half shaft.
Install tire and wheel assembly. Install and tighten wheel mounting nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
Yup! That is probably what is causing your dilema. To remove the lower panel, the parking brake release cable must be disconnected. It is not hard to reconnect if you know what you are looking for. The service manual does not provide a picture or I would post it for you. Anyway, it just "Snaps" into place on the parking brake pedal mechanizm. The cable just slips into a slot on the release lever. You can actually reach up and release the brake with your hand. (Be carefull not to get your fingers pinched when the pedal flies rearward) If you can get the pedal released by hand, then you have found the lever that the cable attaches to.
Apply the parking brake with the vehicle parked, engine turned off and transmission in Park. Release the parking brake completely, then apply it again, and ensure that it is fully released. Turn the ignition on, check to see if the Parking brake warning light is on. If it is NOT on, apply the parking brake and check to see if the warning light comes on. If the light come ON wihen the Parking brake is applied,.....fully release the parking brake and check if the warning light goes OFF. If it does NOT go off, then an adjustment is needed at the parking brake switch.
Under the dash, where the break release handle is, you'll see a lever where the release cable is/was attached to. Either push forward, or pull back this lever and it will release the parking break. BE CAREFUL the foot peddle for the parking break doesn't hit you in the face! Mine broke on the 2nd of this month as well....
On your parking brake assembly is a single wire switch. You can unplug it, but you will have to remember not to drive with it set. To replace the switch the whole assembly will have to come out. The switch is about $20 and labor should run about two hours. Good Luck