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Old 12-28-2006, 03:22 PM
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Replacement of rear parking brake cables

RE: a 1990 420 SEL. I replaced the parking brake shoes and hardware as well as the two rear brake cables. I am 95% done. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the second cable on to the "compensator" (MB's terminology). I loosened that screw at the compensator as far as it would go, it's still not far enough to attach the second cable though. The factory manual says to "remove the actuator (entire cable/bracket assembly) from the chassis". Impossible, it does not want to come out. Even if I did get it out, with the other cable's pressure on it, I doubt I would be able to get it back in. How the hell do you do this?

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:49 PM
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Question Replacement of rear parking brake cables

My friend:
I feel sorry for you but I am stuck with the same problem.
I just change my trailing arm yesterday and I was not able to remove properly the old cable but since I was replacing the arm and the new arm came with a cable on it I just cut out the old one. At the time to insert the new cable on compensating lever I did like you, including reading and following instructions from Mercedes Book but it wasn't helpful.
Please, if you got some information in how to get this cable in place I will appreciate if you can forward it to me.

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