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2000 VW Beetle ebrake needs adjusting, ebrake light goes off too

I jus recently replaced my rear brakes. one of the calipers was seized so i replaced that as well. my problem is now with the ebrake, it has a lil give to it now and is not as tight as before. the ebrake light n beeping also goes off often too (annoying). ive read a lil bit up on it n apparently the ebrakes r self adjusting. is that true?? can i adjust the ebrake so that its tight again??

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You probably screwed up.
The rear caliper was probably not stuck, but you probably did not realize you much rotate the caliper in order to retact it, while apply inward pressure.
The caliper you replaced was probably fine.
The other one you probably broke by applying too much retraction pressure with a clamp or something, while not rotating it.
By forcing it back without rotation, you damaged the internal ratchet in the piston.
Now it won't stay out, and will constantly be retracting too much.
You should never have to adust the manual brake cable after doing brake pads. If you do, then you know you have screwed something up. This is not like brake shoes, where the location can vary.
Cables can get old and stretched and need adjustment, but now that quickly.
The first clue was to never replace a caliper unless you broke the bleeder off. They are so easy and cheap to rebuild, that anytime someone wants to replace one, you can tell they don't know what they are doing. Sorry, but you need to replace the piston in the caliper you left on. The piston has a cylinder with a spring in it inside it, in its backside, with a hole in it that engages a pin in the back of the caliper. I hope you just broke the spring detent, because if you broke the pin, that would require a new caliper.

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When you put the rear calipers back you didnt reset the e brake tensioner tight enough......hence the extra clicks.....

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