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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-14-2015, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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An easier way to repairing the dreaded emergency brakes on a C3

After spending hours and hours trying to replace the shoes on the dreaded emergency brake shoes. After watching over and over U tube cuts on how easy it looks to put the hold down springs on the emergency brake shoes I think I came up with a winner.first thing I did was get about four feet of telephone wire or thermostat wire and pull out a single strand. Then I strip it back to bare copper. I then wrap the wire around the tip of the nail that comes in from the plate to hold shoes on. I then thread the wire through the shoe, inside the spring, through the clip hold down and through the 3/8" hole in the spindle. After pulling the wire all the way through, everything lines up. Now take your needle nose players and push the spring clip and turn to lock the spring while pulling gently on wire to line up. Vuwla, you've locked down your spring kit. When finished and you're sure the clip is in, wrap the wire around the wheel stud and turn it, the wire will come right off. Good luck and let me know how it works,,,Rob
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 10:24 AM
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Sounds like an interesting method. I personally would rather send my car into the workshop to get them properly looking at the issue though. Not that I don't think I could do a good job with it, but because it involves the emergency brake. If push comes to shove, I don't think insurance is going to be enough to fix a problem from a failed stop!
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