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My 2004 Volvo S60-- my emergency parking brake locked the rear wheels. and I was stuck in a parking lot. I had to have the car towed. When the mechanic did an inspection he reported emergency parking unit shattered and the whole unit needs to be replaced - $1000 plus to repair. He could not explain why this occurred. He did not believe that the unit rusted or seized.. I have an automatic and rarely use the emergency brake. Any observations as to why it occurred? Is this covered under warranty?

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I've seen this happen. the parking brake does NOT use rubber lines. it uses steel cables and is adjusted at the handle under the parking brake lever cover. if the small metal clip that attaches the expander to the cable brakes, get ready to open your wallet. what happens is the expander works its way out and the shoes catch on the inside of the rotor. then it becomes very hot as you're driving down the road, and it causes the anchor(part of the rear knuckle) to break off and destroys everything inside the rotor, often including the rotor. then the knuckle, that cable, hub bearing assembly, and rotor will need to be replaced.. which will cost you close to $1500 parts and labor..

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That's quite peculiar, it would usually stretch since Volvo S60s use rubber lines.It should be no where near $1000 USD for that problem. It would be under warranty if the car is still under warranty but it being a 2004, I doubt it is.

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