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2012 subaru impreza Question about parking brake

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Aug 30, 2021, 11:07 AM

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Hi, I am in the process of replacing my rear wheel bearings on my 2012 subaru impreza. I did the passenger side, and while I did that, I removed the parking/e-brake assembly to avoid damaging it. I re-installed it after installing the new bearing, and everything is fine on that side. However, on my test drive, the parking brake on the driver's side essentially fell apart after a couple of miles of driving... the wheel locked up and everything... it was a bit scary tbh... I got my car back in the garage, removed the rotor, and the parking brake fell to the floor, completely destroyed. Was this a result of me removing and re-installing on the other side? If so, how can I avoid this issue in the future? I ordered new shoes and hardware and will be replacing on both sides.

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Aug 30, 2021, 11:43 AM

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Re: 2012 subaru impreza Question about parking brake Sign In

It's not unusual for the friction material to de-laminate from the metal shoe. Sometimes just letting everything get loose in the repair process gives it room to fall apart and jam everything up.

It's also possible the cable was rusted internally and didn't release all the way dragging the parking brake shoe.


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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Aug 30, 2021, 11:44 AM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 30, 2021, 3:26 PM

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Re: 2012 subaru impreza Question about parking brake Sign In

IDK specifically the layout but a maybe > Does this tiny drum brake mount to a rusted backing plate that moves now? That would be disturbed in doing a bearing/hub and should be good metal to mount shoes, springs and adjuster for almost anything.

It's a "static" brake so many never drag to self clean rusty friction surface or allow dirt to escape.

Yup - zero to disaster without warning a lousy way to make parking brakes IMO but most are that way now, assorted models and car brands,


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