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Old 09-25-2003, 01:04 PM
Boborann
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C280 Parking Brake Question

I have a 98 C280 with 60000 miles that has started to have Parking brakes that drag. The wheel would get so hot I couldn't touch it.
I've noticed this on both rear wheels in the last two weeks first one then the other. I've adjusted them so they were free but then the problem happened again today.
I bought the car new and never use the parking brakes
Could these be self adjusting themselves to the point of making contact?
I was going to open them up and look them over but the service manual I have ( Haynes) tell you to replace the bolts for the calipers and I don't want to drive 50 miles to a dealer to get new bolts. Is this really required? I didn't find mention of replacing the bolts in any forum
Thanks in Advance
Bob
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Old 09-26-2003, 12:46 PM
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are you positive it's the parking brakes that are dragging and not a stuck caliper? You have the same setup as my wifes C230 and I can't see how the parking brakes would be dragging if you have adjusted them in or loosened them as you said. Not to discredit you in any way but do you know where the parking brake shoes are? They ride inside the rear rotors like the old vettes did with a brake shoe/drum setup. Neat little arrangement that is quite over engineered in my opinion but it works.......
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Old 09-26-2003, 04:13 PM
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Resonably sure
The second time it happened I squirted water on the disk assembly and got steam at the center of the disk where the shoes are the outer edges were only warm. When it cooled off I removed the pads and confirmed that there was drag on the brakes I adjusted it and it seemed odd because the brakes would bind at both extreems of the adjustments.I didn't open them up because of the issue of replacing screws.
One thing I didn't mention that got me thinking adjustment is I have a 150" long driveway which I back out of 2-3 times a day and I assume these brakes self adjust when you apply brakes while backing.
I will be opening them up tomorrow and will check the calipers
Bob
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Old 09-26-2003, 07:13 PM
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I would remove the rotors and see what's up inside there. Let us all know what you find and good luck!!
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Old 10-12-2003, 10:08 PM
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End of teh story I hope!!

Well I finally took the brakes apart and found that the parking brake cables were seized so the brakes were on all the time.
Cleaned everything up and all seems well except I need activate teh self adjusted so the emargency brake engages sooner
Thanks for the input
Bob
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Old 10-13-2003, 10:16 AM
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Thanks for the follow-up and glad you fixed your problem. Kind of feels good doesn't it??? I'm sure you could buy more than one steak dinner with the money you just saved in labor cost.
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