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I can't get the front emergency brakes to work after changing front pads on a 1987 Saab 900S. I have followed the Saab Service Manual as I have before, but this time I get no front ebrake.

Seemingly uneventful changing of front pads and rotors; I have done this a bunch of times, with simple screwing in of the piston, and this time I can't get the front e-brake to hold anything. I have screwed the cables all the way in one direction and back out again. I don't really want to break into the piston since the front brakes are working fine. Any suggestions?

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Normally emergency brakes, only lock up the rear wheels. But I am not familiar with a Saab.

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