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Old 10-27-2008, 10:38 PM
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Default Parking brake adjustment finally confronted!!!!

<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/13362/brake1.jpg"></center><p>I've had significant travel on my parking brake for years, and I finally got tired of it. So today I took a closer look. The hardest part was to get the socket on the nut. The nut is located right above the driveshaft. You can hardly see it.

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Nut # 12 needs to be tighten, it's a 13 mm. Use a deep socket. Attach a couple of extensions and a swivel is a must have. Once you get the socket on the nut, all it takes is a few turns with the wrench and you are done. That's it.
No more 10 clicks before the parking brake grabs. I can't believe I waited this long to fix it!

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:20 PM
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Nice. I always assumed that required removal of the center console.
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:37 AM
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Thanks for the info, I will have to take care of that as well.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:29 AM
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You should add that to the FAQ Digest!
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:14 PM
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Default Thanks! My right arm was starting to get unusually large from all the pulling!

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Results of excessive parking brake travel.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:38 PM
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uh er either that or... you'll go blind 8-)
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Great write up, thanks for the tip.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:42 AM
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What happens when you put new rear pads on?
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:47 AM
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Default Nothing as far as the parking brake is concerned.

When you push the cylinder back in the caliper to make room for new pads, all you do is push brake fluid back in the reservoir. It does not affect the parking brake cable at all. As you wear the rear brake pads the cylinder keeps coming further and further out, always "riding" the back of the pad, hens giving the parking brake cable the same amount of "travel" regardless of thickness of the brake pads.
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easy job, 10 minutes, most important part was making sure the car was stable on axle stands. I just jacked the drivers side, front and rear, secured on axle stands and then access was tight but ok to get under and up at it with the extensions pictured above.

thanks for posting!
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