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Old 28th December 2010
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This AM it was about 16 degrees out. I got to the end of the driveway and went to get the mail. I pulled up on the emergency brake and it seemed to click and then lock up the wheels.

The panel lights are now on so I pulled back into the garage and took my other Saab. to work.

Cable was fine up to now.

Can anyone suggest where I might apply heat to the cable or wheels when I get home with a heat gun, I don't want to have to get car towed in for a new cable if I can avoid that, I won't use the emergency brake in the cold weather.
Thx

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This AM it was about 16 degrees out. I got to the end of the driveway and went to get the mail. I pulled up on the emergency brake and it seemed to click and then lock up the wheels....
Old trick helped me this winter several times - back-and forth gently and run approx. 1 km and the e-brake will be released fully.
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This AM it was about 16 degrees out. I got to the end of the driveway and went to get the mail. I pulled up on the emergency brake and it seemed to click and then lock up the wheels.

The panel lights are now on so I pulled back into the garage and took my other Saab. to work.

Cable was fine up to now.

Can anyone suggest where I might apply heat to the cable or wheels when I get home with a heat gun, I don't want to have to get car towed in for a new cable if I can avoid that, I won't use the emergency brake in the cold weather.
Thx
Water gets in the rubber boots where the cable enters the rear backing plate, they get old and deteriorate and split.

Put heat there
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Old trick helped me this winter several times - back-and forth gently and run approx. 1 km and the e-brake will be released fully.
Thx, that worked great!
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Water gets in the rubber boots where the cable enters the rear backing plate, they get old and deteriorate and split.

Put heat there
If the above didn't work, this was my next step! The other trick is not to pull up on the emergency brake in freezing weather, especially with a 10 year old cable.
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