Changed rear pads then parking brake...

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Maintenance' started by Mr UFO, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Mr UFO

    Mr UFO Active Member

    Need help!
    I changed the rear pads today and now my parking brake is so tight it won't allow the rear wheels to turn. I did unhook the cables thinking it would make it easier to remove the caliper but something went sideways.
    Do I need to go through the whole adjustment sequence?
    Thanks for your help!
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  3. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Should be able to back off the adjuster bolts on the hand lever till it feels better .. then test it and readjust if needed ..
  4. Mr UFO

    Mr UFO Active Member

    RodMoe to the rescue - Thank you!
    I knew it had to be something simple, or at least I hope so:)
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Now mind you it is a PITA to get to those bolts and the center console needs to be taken apart or removed to access them.. Hope this helps
  6. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    here are pics 6-12 hope this helps
    1. NOTE: Make sure the parking brake control is fully released.

      NOTE: This step requires the aid of another technician.
      1. Insert a 1.0 mm feeler gauge between the parking brake lever and the brake caliper bracket abutment, on both sides.
        General Equipment : Feeler Gauge
      1. Tighten the parking brake cable adjustment nut until movement is observed on one of the parking brake levers.
      1. Remove the feeler gauges.
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  7. Mr UFO

    Mr UFO Active Member

    god help me! - lol
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  8. Mr UFO, apologies up front for asking the obvious, but when you replaced the rear pads, did you remember to retract the pistons? You need a special tool for this that fits into the pattern cast into the pistons to turn them; you can't press them in like on the fronts. If you did this, then the first time you used the hand brake it would feel VERY loose, but by the second or third application, it would feel fine.
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  9. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Ditto....and there are pins on the pad that fit into the piston grooves.

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