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Re: Megane II rear brakes

Originally Posted by jimmy274 View Post
Hey thanks for replying m8. I am actually in Austria, so the shipping from EurocarParts and the currency conversion would kill the 25%
Anyway, I just bought ATE discs and pads so they should be on their way tomorrow.
I am interested in what you said about handbrake - it was really bad from the start and now both cables have somehow fell off from the inside throttle brake (the handbrake was rather loose).
However, it did seize once and I've been driving it without using it for about two months (yeah, I know, but no time). And also the car was not very driven before I took it (hence everything around brakes is seizing). I have two questions:
1. Is the handbrake mechanism spring loaded?
2. I would really like to avoid replacing a caliper for non-OEM one (bad experience in the past), and OEM are quite expensive I guess. Is it possible to service the old ones?

Handbrake mechanism on callipers has a return spring, no return spring inside the module / electronic handbrake unit though... essentially just a motor which turns a screw which pulls the cables in, and pushes them out.. which is why its important cables aren't seized because apart from the return spring on callipers providing some assistance most of it just relying on the free running of the cables. Return springs on callipers just assist it during release. Which is why normal pattern is cables start seizing first.. then callipers seize up 2nd through lack of use (because cables are seizing)
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