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Handbrake failing to engage,any solutions ? - 2006 Volkswagen Passat

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  • fergusfam Jul 06, 2010

    The handbrake is electrically operated by push button, not a hand operated system

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Look under vehicle and see if cable at equalizer is hanging low. If it is or there is a lot of slack in it, then you just need an adjustment.
Basically, release brake handle, loosen the already loose cable (via equalizer nuts). pull handle back about...8 to 10 clicks/ notches. Then tighten equalizer nuts. Check it by releasing handle and this should release the rear wheels.Pulling handle up should apply parking brakes

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  • JIMMY Jul 07, 2010

    K fergusfam. Your car has an ATE EPB system that uses a motor mounted on each rear caliper. The control unit for this system measure clamping force therefore a scan tool is needed to release, disable and initialize the system when servicing the rear brakes on this vehicle.

    If I'm understanding your issue the parking brake indicator light on the instrutment panel should be bliking continiously after turning on the EPB switch ( indicating that there is not sufficient clamping force to hold the vehicle) . If this is happening you have too determine whether one caliper isn't holding(and which one) or both are not holding.

    If one is not holding replace that caliper's motor. If both are not holding (NOT likely) but could happen then you have to make sure Control Unit is getting the signal to engage the motors and if its telling them to engage and they are not then the motors are defective. If control unit is not getting signal to engage you have to findout why. If its getting the signal and it not engaging them its defective. Whatever you decide to do good luck.

    Remember if you had your rear pades recently replaced take it back to the repair shop and have them initalize the system . If you did the work then you initalize the system.

    My advice is to take it to a repair shop (unless your handy with a DVM and have the scan tool then do it yourself.)

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