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Is it remotely possible/reasonable thet I should need to remove/detach the parking brake on a 2000 taurus wagon to remove rear caliper to replace pads? The base of the parking brake cable makes it impossible to back out the lower caliper bolt far enough to pull caliper. What a terrible design!!!

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You don't have to take that off (and you don't want to, as I found out--getting that spring back on is a pain!). I used a vice grips to loosen it, then got if off with a small open-face wrench (12mm).

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