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Scenic - Failure to release parking brake following rear pads replacement

Renault Grande Scenic 2006. All fine.

I had my rear break pads fitted by a national tyre and brakes specialist and immediately after I had parking brake fault warning message intermitently. I informed the fitter of this by phone and they indicated this was caused by the pads bedding in as the discs were a little scored, but that it would improve after a day or two

Within a day I had failure to release parking brake. Brake down released the brake manually and towed home. Went back to the garage that fitted brakes and they said that there was no way anything in the pad fitting process could lead to the symptoms I was experiencing. They did a generic EMS diagnostic and gave codes 5162 (Unknown) and 5162F (brake was wownd back) and advised going to a 'particular' auto electrician for a more advanced (Renault) EMS diagnostic.

Went home phoned other local garrage. He said he would do a generic EMS diagnostic. Phoned family friend qualified Mercedes & Audi Mechanic (own business). He said ideally replacement of Renault Scenic rear pads requires a specialised tool which talks to the independant parking brake electronics, but it can be done without (though sometimes problems arise and that the problem was almost certainly caused 'in some way' by the process the brake fitter followed. Also indicated that EMS diagnostic is a red herring (it is not in the EMS). Also advised don't touch the recommended auto electrician with a barge pole!

This leaves me more than a little confused and with little hard information on which to base a decision.

Any advise would be appreciated.

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