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Old 09-04-2003, 11:17 AM
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300e parking brake pedal problem

On my 88 300ce the parking brake pedal mechanism has just broken because, upon release of the brake, the pedal no longer comes all the way up, causing the red brake light to come on unless I raise the pedal with my toe. In my search, Benzmac said that the spring is the problem but the entire assembly needs to be replaced. Access on the driver sidewall seems difficult, since I can't even see the spring or the switch triggering the light. Is a DIY job, & if so how is it done? Other than the annoying light, can this repair safely be deferred?
I'm starting to wonder if my wife is right when she says enough with buying these old cars (but the red/cream coupe with AMG bodykit & upgraded red side molding rides so well & looks so good).
TIA to all.
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Old 09-04-2003, 01:22 PM
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I have the same problem, but have not yet fixed it.
According to posts I have read, and a note in the Ritter book, the problem is with the front cable. Bought one, but have not yet replaced it. It was only $19.

BTW, I have deferred this repair for years. The brake is not even close to grabbing at this height. It's just the annoyance of the red light on, and a sloppy pedal feel. Since I have a manual, it annoys me everyday...
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.

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