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steve r 08-23-2010 08:11 PM

e-brake cable snapped, need advice
 
Hi, so my 2005 mustang gt e-brake cable is snapped. I know there is a TSB on it and I tried searching but I cant find exactly what needs to be replaced. This happened last winter by the way, everything froze. Mine snapped on the front cable where the ball thing is where it meets the two rear cables. What do I need to replace besides the front cable? Someone told me that I might have to change the rear calipers too and also the rear cables, but I am unsure and im wondering if anyone has any advice! thanks in advance

ShaneM 08-23-2010 08:56 PM

i had that happen last winter when i still had my 05. they told me at the shop some crap about the calipers being locked up and needing to replace them too. i refused to do it and insisted they only replace the cable and it was fine. All you need is the cable, I had to order from ford and it seems it was about $100 installed and all. Assuming you didn't drive it with the rear brakes locked and damage something you should only need the cable.

Nuke 08-23-2010 08:57 PM

http://www.mustangforums.com/mustang...-DRAGGING.html

steve r 08-23-2010 09:13 PM

thanks for the info.. Also, my front cable snapped, how come i cant find one online? even on fordparts.com I cant seem to find it

steve r 08-23-2010 10:14 PM

this is where it snapped, and I cant seem to find one arghhhhhhhh

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p...5555555555.png

2005Redfire6 08-23-2010 10:55 PM

Thats kinda scary being I have an 05 and it gets cold here in the winter...

up_yours_7 08-24-2010 12:38 AM

Mine broke in the same spot I haven't found anything yet to fix it

steve r 08-24-2010 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by up_yours_7 (Post 7167317)
Mine broke in the same spot I haven't found anything yet to fix it

did you go to ford?

kevinmalec 08-24-2010 10:28 AM

My e-brake froze during an ice storm one year. I tried moving forward and backwards and wasn't able to move. Fortunately, the cable did not snap or break. I searched the Mustang forum and learned about the TSB on the e-brake. I let it set in the parking lot until it thawed the next day. I avoid using my e-brake during the winter time, which is short here in GA. =-)

steve r 08-24-2010 10:56 AM

well I went to ford and they said the front cable is attached to the parking brake lever so I need a whole new assembly. the part is 120 which is fine, but 3 hours installation!! 472 dollars for it installed. I think im just going to order a new one, found this one, http://www.nthcoast.com/store/produc...roducts_id=382 and install my myself

MADSCOTSMAN 08-24-2010 11:54 AM

Same thing happened to me on my 06 last winter. I bought all 3 cables from here. The problem with just replacing the front one is that you are not fixing what caused the problem. The TSB related to the parking brake is for the rubber "gromet/seals" on the rear cables where they attach to the rear brakes. They deteriorate prematurely and allow water into the e-brake lines which will then allow them to freeze in the winter. So if you replace the front cable without replacing the rears (or at least the rubber "seals" if that is even possible without changing the rear cables?!?), you'll have the frozen e-brake again next winter.
In my case, my rear brakes had been frozen for some time when the previous owner had the car, enough to wear down the driver's side rear rotor, so I need to do an entire rear brake job (rotors and pads) when I replace the cables before the end of this summer. The stealership wanted just short of $1000 for the cable replacement and the rear brakes. I've spent a little less than $300 so far, and still need to get the front rotors and brake pads. I figured i'd replace all 4 rotors with the new pads and got my rear rotors from newtakeoff.com. My brother has a shop, and will help me with the job/tools for free since it's been about 10 years since I did a brake job and he does them regularly.

steve r 08-24-2010 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by MADSCOTSMAN (Post 7167857)
Same thing happened to me on my 06 last winter. I bought all 3 cables from here. The problem with just replacing the front one is that you are not fixing what caused the problem. The TSB related to the parking brake is for the rubber "gromet/seals" on the rear cables where they attach to the rear brakes. They deteriorate prematurely and allow water into the e-brake lines which will then allow them to freeze in the winter. So if you replace the front cable without replacing the rears (or at least the rubber "seals" if that is even possible without changing the rear cables?!?), you'll have the frozen e-brake again next winter.
In my case, my rear brakes had been frozen for some time when the previous owner had the car, enough to wear down the driver's side rear rotor, so I need to do an entire rear brake job (rotors and pads) when I replace the cables before the end of this summer. The stealership wanted just short of $1000 for the cable replacement and the rear brakes. I've spent a little less than $300 so far, and still need to get the front rotors and brake pads. I figured i'd replace all 4 rotors with the new pads and got my rear rotors from newtakeoff.com. My brother has a shop, and will help me with the job/tools for free since it's been about 10 years since I did a brake job and he does them regularly.

thanks for the info. For now I am just going to repair the front cable. But before next winter I will change both the rears out. I have been driving the car and it brakes fine and everything so I dont think I will need new brakes.

Marley07 05-05-2014 04:15 PM

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That link is dead. Can you repost it?


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