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Replace the handbrake ratchet on audi a6 (1998/99 model)

The ratchet system on audi a6 does not engage when pulled up; on release the handbrake lever retracts without any form of connection.

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SOURCE: Handbrake problems with 1990 Isuzu Bighorn

there is an adjustment on the calliper itself, there is a capping bolt i think its a 14mm from memory(dont quote me)once you undo that,(becareful not to round it off as it is thin in height) there is an allen key bolt on the inside that can be wound in or out depending on the adjustment, in yourcase obviously wind it in to be tighter,
if this does not work its highly likely you calliper needs rebuilding sorry to say, i have issues with my handbrake also, due to its poor design i think it will always be very average

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

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SOURCE: code 16795

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Check this site for any Audi codes. This is a problem with the air that it injected into the exhaust system to help burn any uncombusted fuel. Check the air pump located in front of the pass front wheel on the bottom of the engine. It is pretty easy to find. The air pump has a suction hose that goes to the air filter housing so that it has filtered (clean) air, follow the hose

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SOURCE: abs and brake light is flashing on my 99 audi a6

you prob need a new abs sensor

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

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SOURCE: abs and brake light is flashing on my 99 audi a6

If you need to repair the brake module, there is a fantastic article, complete with photos, at http://www.audiworld.com/tech/elec116.shtml

I followed this example for my '98 and now it works perfectly. I found a shop on eBay to rebuild my module (lifetime warranty) for under $200. It took me about 1 hour to pull it off and about 45 min to put it back on with minimum shop tools

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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Try getting another person to push down above the bonnet latch as you pull the lever.They may have to push it down a few times,A sudden quick push may do it.Hope this helps

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Check the return spring on the parking brake lever as wll as the gear teeth:
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  2. Raise and safely support the rear wheels.
  3. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 7-9 notches.
  4. If adjustment is required, remove the adjusting nut cover and turn the adjusting nut located at the front of the parking brake cable.
  5. After adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.
Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.
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  2. Lower the vehicle.
  3. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.

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