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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 September 24th, 2012, 06:50   #1
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Default Rear caliper return spring (for e-brake) where to find!?!

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I have a small problem on my car! When I remove the handlebrake, the caliper sticks just a little, leaving the e-brake engaged slightly... just a bit! I found on google that once uppon a time, vw used a return spring on their calipers to help the e-brake lever to come back to it's complete original position. I would like to add this spring (which is not present on my car)... but I can't find them. My Vw dealer says they can't get them anymore. Anyone had luck finding them locally or online? reproduction maybe?
here'S a image.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 11:04   #2
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I have this same problem, but only on my passenger side. I would love to try these out if someone can find them.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 12:40   #3
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This is where I got mine:
http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/roseland/VWPartsA4.htm

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Old September 24th, 2012, 18:18   #4
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Guillaume! Pogne le no. sur le post au dessus du mien. J'ai pogné les miens au dealer. 7$ ch!
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Old September 27th, 2012, 13:59   #5
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Anyone know of a source in the US?
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Old September 27th, 2012, 17:00   #6
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Yeah, I would like to know as well. Tired of hanging parking brakes in the winter.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 17:22   #7
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I bought a pair of those springs through the local VW dealer last April. Part number
7HO-615-295-A and 7HO-615-296
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Old September 28th, 2012, 14:41   #8
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ECS Tuning has the left spring 7HO-615-295-A here:
http://www.ecstuning.com/ES1218784/

And right spring here:

http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Park...ing/ES1218785/

I am going to order two.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 16:26   #9
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1stvwparts.com.

The pricing is probably the best you'll find but the shipping charges might be the deal breaker...that is, unless you need to order some other parts as well.
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Old September 29th, 2012, 16:47   #10
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Never knew these existed...
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Old September 29th, 2012, 17:10   #11
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Any dealer can get them.

Just a note though, the one in that picture the OP put up is not installed correctly. The coil of the spring should be on the forward side of the caliper, not the aft as illustrated. They tuck in nicely when installed properly.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 14:06   #12
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Any dealer can get them.

Just a note though, the one in that picture the OP put up is not installed correctly. The coil of the spring should be on the forward side of the caliper, not the aft as illustrated. They tuck in nicely when installed properly.
Just spent 30 minutes TRYING to put them in opposite of the posted photo PER your suggestion. Doesn't work. Period. Took 20 seconds to put them in per the photo.

Please post your photo of them installed opposite of the photo.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 18:50   #13
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Just spent 30 minutes TRYING to put them in opposite of the posted photo PER your suggestion. Doesn't work. Period. Took 20 seconds to put them in per the photo.

Please post your photo of them installed opposite of the photo.
No, it does work. Mine are in the tucked-in, forward position. It was a bit confusing and took me several minutes to get it right, but you know right away when it's in the correct orientation. I'll snap a pic now with my cell phone.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 19:06   #14
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Just spent 30 minutes TRYING to put them in opposite of the posted photo PER your suggestion. Doesn't work. Period. Took 20 seconds to put them in per the photo.

Please post your photo of them installed opposite of the photo.
Here you go:
The biggest hint is to study the difference between the L and R hand side springs, and then use that observation to guide you as to the correct orientation. I believe it took some muscle as I had to compress the spring and engage the parking brake to get them on in the correct orientation. I'm assuming you know the springs are specific to the side.

This picture is the left (driver's) side caliper. I think I have my P-brake engaged.

PS - these springs were not strong enough to solve my sticking caliper in the winter time. I have a compromised parking brake cable boot (as you can see) though.

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Old September 6th, 2013, 19:44   #15
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Hope you don't mind me stealing your pic but



Take off bolt 1 and get that lever off, take off bolt 2 and put it aside, there's a rubber seal below the lever under bolt 1, get it out carefully with a small screwdriver. Now put the lever back on and do the nut up, not fully, just enough to get hold of the pivot. Spray said pivot and work the lever back and forth, use the wind back tool and retract the piston then work the lever some more. Once it's all free put some kind of long term lube in there, replace the seal, the bracket and the lever and add the new spring. This will last a lot longer and give you one hell of a hand brake.
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