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how to disengage parking brake


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#1 Guest_subiegirl_*

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:58 AM

I need to disengage my parking brake on my Legacy 91 4WD at the front passenger's side wheel.
Its been smoking because it is stuck on.
Can anyone give me a step by step? Thanks

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:37 AM

here's a wag, since the cause isn't certain...but assuming improper e-brake self-adjuster:

remove caliper-- drop the bolts and knock it off. easier than it sounds, but be patient. pry bar and hammer... then use needle nose pliers or the "brake tool" to actually twist the piston in, clockwise if I recall. It has holes or ridges on the surface just for this. this resets the e-brake self-adjuster.

how did it get like this to start with?

other possible cause is rusted calliper/piston, in which case it's time for a rebuild/replace. rebuild is easier than you'd think, too.pull it apart, remove rust with fine grade steel wool. insert new seals, assemble.

Mikey

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:55 AM

parking brake is not on the front wheels.

Your caliper is stuck. You might be able to take it apart, clean it up and lube everything good, and have it still work. If not, you'll need a new caliper.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:07 PM

Thanks guys.
My shop guy had told me that Loyals have a parking brake assembly on the passenger's front tire and I was to pry the arm to disengage the parking brake as a temp fix.
All I saw was a coil and bolt assembly and wanted to check before prying the wrong thing.
Make any sence to you?
yeah, its rusty- good ol' Vermont.
Thanks again

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 02:36 PM

My 86 GL 4x4 wagon had the front right, left rear parking brake arrangement, and my 95 Legacy has the rear shoes inside the rotors on the rear. Anyone know when Subaru switched?:rolleyes:

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:33 PM

As Josh said: Parking brake is not on the front wheels, certainly not on Legacies.

The hill holder works on diagonally opposed wheels, since it only holds brake line pressure in one circuit. Maybe that is part of the confusion??

If one caliper is bad, replace both, or the car might pull to one side during braking.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 04:10 PM

<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Thanks guys.
My shop guy had told me that Loyals have a parking brake assembly on the passenger's front tire and I was to pry the arm to disengage the parking brake as a temp fix.[/quote]

So what is it? A loyal or legacy?

Some of the older subes did have parking brake on the front. The legacy did not.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 06:48 PM

My 87 GL (a Loyale more or less) had the drivers front sieze up. To be safe I got new calipers and disks (the old one got toasted pretty bad)

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 07:25 AM

if it really does have the front e-brake, don't force that spring-loaded arm back. ok if it just needs a nudge, but doesn't sound like it.

mike

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 08:06 AM

Its a loyale

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 08:09 AM

I realized I was supposted to post about Loyales on a different board ( I have now posted on the other one also) Didn't get the seperate boards for Loyales and Legacies.

This board gave me more info so far......
But I wonder if I am even looking at the right assembly. There only seems to be one.




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