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Old 07-04-2008, 12:33   #1 (permalink)
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No Emergency Brake - 95 contour

I have a '95 Contour, automatic, 4 cyl, brake drums and shoes on the two rear wheels, disk brakes and pads on the two front wheels.

My emergency brake stopped working. For a while now, when I try to engage the emergency brake to park my car, the brake handle pulls up very easily without any resistance thru its full range. It seems as tho the cable, or what ever mechanism is used, has broken, or become unattached from the rear brake drum mechanism to allow setting of the emergency brake to prevent movement of the car.

Can anyone explain what might be wrong, and describe the procedure to be followed so that I can repair this problem?
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Old 07-04-2008, 13:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: No Emergency Brake - 95 contour

Did this just start all of a sudden? If so I would check the emergency brake cable.

If it has gradually gotten worse I would look at the rear brake adjustment. It may be time for rear brake service.
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Re: No Emergency Brake - 95 contour

Thanks for the fast response JWKO,

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Did this just start all of a sudden? If so I would check the emergency brake cable.
It just stopped "all of a sudden". Wasn't a noticeable gradual degradation at all that I can remember. Any suggestions on how to check my emergency brake cable? What am I looking for? How would I repair it? Any suggested link that has the procedural description that I can use as a guide?

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If it has gradually gotten worse I would look at the rear brake adjustment. It may be time for rear brake service.
I had heard something similar. Is it possible that just the 1/8 -1/4 inch wear of the brake pads would make such a noticeable loss of the emergency brake?
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