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Old 10-16-2016, 10:32 PM
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w124 rear brake adjustment ? (1987 model?)

Hello, the parking brake on my car (1987 260E w124) is a little slack. Searching around I found this video discussing how it can be adjusted. But after looking underneath it, I can't seem to find the bolt mechanism on my car. So I am wondering if it only appears in later models. Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIi0szSEZD8

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Old 10-16-2016, 10:52 PM
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Hello, the parking brake on my car (1987 260E w124) is a little slack. Searching around I found this video discussing how it can be adjusted. But after looking underneath it, I can't seem to find the bolt mechanism on my car. So I am wondering if it only appears in later models. Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIi0szSEZD8
Your 87 came with it. The adjuster is a device that connects the front PB cable to the two, left and right rear wheel parking brake cables that go to the wheel carrier's back side. It only attaches to the cables and a portion of it interfaces with a slot in the car body on one side of the driveshaft tunnel and swings along a flat metal guide that is part of the body on the other side of the tunnel.

The bolt is part of the adjuster device itself. Off hand I think it's 13mm. I't can be difficult to see and reach, the bolt head itself faces the front of the car.

If you live anywhere in Rustville or the car is from anywhere in Rustville it can be rusted together. If you can't verify the adjuster's moving parts are free it's probably a good idea to yank the adjuster out of where its located, free everything up and myself I slather the entire adjuster in bearing grease, thick and heavy worked in between all the moving parts.

That's because one of the functions of the adjuster in addition to fixing the correct amount of "slack" in the PB cable system: is to center and equalize the distribution of force between the two wheel cable assemblies. If the adjuster parts do not all freely move the PB cable force can be unequally applied between the right and left wheels. That will cause unequal wear and sometimes cause one wheel's brake or the other to drag.

All this is a problem that only gets worse for those like me who seldom use the parking/Emergency brakes. Then one day you go to use them and then one of both of them drag after they are released.

Whenever I'm under the car in that area I'll almost always spray a good shot of something like Fluid Film or even white lithium all over the adjuster. My state has annual inspections that include testing the parking brake so I try to keep it working.

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Old 10-17-2016, 12:38 AM
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Adjust both parking shoes at the wheels first by removing a lug, looking in the hole with a light to find the adjuster / star wheel. I usually tighten the star wheel tight to the point of not being able to turn the wheel then loosen the star four notches/teeth. Road test the car to be certain none of the wheels overheat from the brake being too tight. Then only if necessary, adjust the equalizer bar.

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Old 10-18-2016, 11:33 AM
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According to the service manual, before you adjust the star wheels slacken the actuating cable. Adjust the star wheel so you can't turn the disk, then slacken a few clicks until you can turn the rotor with no more than very light contact.

Once the shoes are properly adjusted with the star wheels tighten the cable so the parking brake holds firm with about five clicks of the lever.

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