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Old 11-02-2008, 11:39 AM
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2005 C230 E-brake Won't Release Completely

My daughter's C230 (2005 W203 Series) is turning out to be a bit delicate. The interior front passenger side door handle broke (another thread) and now the emergency brake won't release fully. I thought it was the pedal mechanism to actuate the emergency brake, and bought another mechanism. As I went to install it I noted the old mechanism seems fine, it is just that when you release the brake, the cable to the rear drum brakes does not go back into the sleeve and gets bent around in an "S" shape, preventing the pedal from returning fully.

Anyone know how these brakes are adjusted? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jim
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:33 PM
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Unfortunately, an adjustment won't fix your problem. If you remove the rear seat bench you can gain access to the parking brake release spring by removing the access cover. You'll probably find the spring covered in rust. You can try cleaning and lubing it but that's usually just a temporary fix.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:21 AM
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I will go after that this weekend or the next time the daughter visits. Thanks for the tip - sounds like an attempt to fix something by enclosing it turned out to be worse than just leaving it out in the open. Thanks again, Jim
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1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

Owned:
1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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