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Old 14 Sep 2012, 11:19 pm
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Hey out there in PT land, Does any one know how the parking brake works on a Cruiser with rear discs? Mine makes a slight noise after releasing it in the A.M. but it soon goes away.(right side only) This started after a complete brake job at a local independant shop. If I never set it there is no noise. I have had spotty service at this place and am thinking of going elsewhere. Anyone else had this problem?

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Old 14 Sep 2012, 11:20 pm
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Sorry that is 56000 mi.
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Old 15 Sep 2012, 06:44 am
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Default Re: parking brake with rear discs

I believe most cars have a small drum brake set-up inside the rear hub of the rear brake rotor used for the parking brake as you see in the picture below.

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Old 16 Sep 2012, 02:43 pm
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Thanks for the info. Should all of that been replaced as part of a rear brake job? I wonder if that was done.
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Old 16 Sep 2012, 03:13 pm
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Default Re: parking brake with rear discs

It is unusual to wear out the emergency brake shoes, so they are not typically replaced. They should have been inspected if the rear rotors were resurfaced or replaced. It sounds like one of the return springs for the E-brake shoes is weak and/or broken. It is possible that the spring broke due to the rotors being removed, if the rotors were forced off. Having to force them off is not unusual, but an even better reason to have checked the E-brake components.

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Old 11 Nov 2012, 01:34 pm
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Default Re: parking brake with rear discs

One thing about those inner brake shoes on the emergency brake.

On our 01 we never ever used the emergency break ever, (its an Automatic)
This past summer we started getting a lot of noise from the back brakes.
I bought new rotors & pads and found out the shoes had basically rusted and delaminated.
Then it started breaking up in several big pieces. It sounded horrible when moving at lower speeds.
Even if they are not " Worn Out " they should be inspected and changed periodically.
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