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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old December 10th, 2017, 16:05   #1
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Recently with the cold weather I have been suffering with frozen E-brake cable on the passenger side.

I have replaced my parking brake cables about 20K ago. They are in good shape, and the boot end is intact with no rips, cuts, etc. I have popped off the cable from the caliper to confirm it is the cable and not a sticky e-brake lever on the caliper.

Is there anything I can do from here, or replace them again?
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Old December 10th, 2017, 17:37   #2
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ID-Parts has helper springs to retract the e-brake arm.
Did you get the new heavier e-brake cables and hardware?
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Old December 11th, 2017, 01:30   #3
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I'll second the helper springs for the MK4 cars.

I just did this job last week, on a friend's car, that had new cables on it 6 months ago.
Adding the helper springs (unfortunately sourced from a local dealer, due to shipping time) did fix the issue, and he's had no frozen brakes since.
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Thanks all,
I'll check the return springs before replacing the cables again.
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Had the same issue but didn't catch it in time. My parking brake was half engaged on one side and wore the pads to the metal, also trashed the caliper in the process. Unhooked it for now but might have to look into the heavy duty solution as well.
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Had the same issue but didn't catch it in time. My parking brake was half engaged on one side and wore the pads to the metal, also trashed the caliper in the process. Unhooked it for now but might have to look into the heavy duty solution as well.
It was one of the easiest upgrades I've done.
The rear pads on my Tiguan were froze in the slides and wiped out in 30K miles.
Front brakes are like new.
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