Cut the E-brake cable???? Some sound advice there....
We should always endeavour to disable safety related devices.... this way we
can kill more people should the opportunity arise...
Where, in Gods name, does some of this shit come from? You are some piece of
<clare at snyder.on.ca> wrote in message
In many cases the e-brake is no longer working at all when this
problem crops up, and if cutting the cable makes the problem go away
you can put a new cable and adjuster on if the van is worth fixing.
The e-brake will NEVER stop that van if the service brakes go south
anyway, and with an automatic it is virtually never used for parking
either. In over 500,000km of driving aerostars, I used the hand brake
about 5 times. I replaced the adjuster springs 4 or 5 times on the
newer one, and had to release the pressure on the spring of the older
one (different adjuster mechanisms - both of which tend to fail)
The right way to fix it???? depends on the actual problem - likely
replace the spring (which in MOST cases ends up also requiring
replacement of the front cable). The way most shops would fix it (if
they managed to fix it at all) - replace all 3 brake cables, the
in-wheel adjuster kits on both wheels, AND the cable adjuster ratchet
and spring - at a cost of pretty close to a grand. Any less and they
won't guarantee the repair.
I've seen quite a few where the owner's been stung for a few hundred
clams and it still drags because the idiot that fixed it didn't know
about the function of, or even existance of, the spring in question.
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I ran into this on an 88 Aerostar many years ago. There was play in the axle
that allowed the brake adjusters to pull the brakes too tight in reverse. The
resulting drag allowed the E-Brake to over adjust, causing lockup at low speeds
foreward. It eventually trashed the differential.
I don't know if it applies to your situation, but I hope it helps a bit.
The RABS on your 93 Aerostar won't have anything to do with it. When it
it usually just stops working. The system is pretty passive.
Make sure the brake adjusters are installed properly, the brakes are adjusted
properly, and the drums are clean and true. Temporarily disconnect the E-brake
from the rear brakes. If the lockup happens again, there is a a problem with the
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