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We have a Scenic 2 with an electronic parking brake, my husband took it to the local garage for a service (our dealer is awful) and they said it needed new rear brake pads,
He took it in today and they couldn't do it as they couldn't figure out how to switch the parking brake off dp you need something to do it or is there something in the book I thought I heard mention of it before
 

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any mechanic worth his salt would be able to switch off the parking brake....the release switch is located in the boot ( in the spare wheel well) it is not a major problem
 

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Hello, i have a Scenic II and found that after driving the car, then pulling up and switching off the engine with the start/stop button (this activates the handbrake). Then before you take the card out of the dash, if you pull the handbrake switch up as if you were trying to put the handbrake on, it should then come off and beep at you. This is a warning to tell you the handbrake is not on, hope this helps, regards Damian. :)
 

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They are pretty good just a bit old fashioned as it's a one horse town and he hadn't come accross it before
 

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As DJC says leave the card in the slot and pull the handbrake on right hand side of wheel, it will beep at you but as long as car is level should be fine. I got mine done the other week cost £35 to fit and £109 which was for OEM parts from renault and included discs and pads.
 

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Driver, I sincerely hope you have your brakes sorted by now. As well as a scenic I used to drive an Alfa Romeo. I used to loath taking it in for a service or work as the dealers were hopeless. I had one instance where they damaged the paintwork and mechanics and it took over six months and several trips with curtesy cars to get repaired and then the paint never matched. From that experience I learned that there are many approved service centres. From that point forward I had a tremendous relationship with my garage.
I say leave the dealers to selling the cars and the service centres to servicing and keep the two functions seperate.
Good luck.
 

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Mine just failed the MOT on the rear pads. It is 5 years old with 30,000 miles and the original pads are still in the front and rear. I was surprised that the rear pads had worn out before the fronts. Dealer wanted £146 so decided to go elsewhere. I asked for premium quality pads and was chaged £96, but then had to take it back to the dealer for a free MOT retest.
 

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Hiya,
Sorry for hijacking this thread a little. I've had my 54 plate for a month now and the brakes are all fine but squeak. Is there any laymans quick fix for this that I could do myself? i.e. clean the discs or spray some particular special cleaner on them? I dont wanna go through the grief of taking the pads out if I can help it?
 

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Hello no1zeppelinfan
Please don't do what my missus suggested when I said that my breaks had been squeaking...............

"Can't you just put some oil on them?"


In reply to your question, you can check the discs for uneven wear or take the pads off and give them a rub over flat sandpaper to take off any residue they may have picked up.

If you've only had the car for a week it may have been on a forecourt for a while so the copper brake grease may not be there so you'd have to take the pads off to check and put some more on.

Failing that, get new ones fitted all around. That should cure it
 

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Worth noting that on the rear discs, it has a very small wear amount of only 1mm, 0.5mm per side of disc before disc is considered worn out, seems stupid but any more and its liable to warping, cracking etc, even new discs have a minimum thickness stamped onto them.

So by the time you get through 1 set of pads usually, its time for a new set of discs.

Fronts give you slightly more tolerance as they are vented, 2mm wear or 1mm per side.

Don't know why they couldn't disengage the handbrake, a garage should posess diagnostic equipment which should be able to do it, but failing that as above there is the method described above. I just did some pads and discs for somebody other day, used the diagnostic equipment to disengage the handbrake and because old pads had seized into the carriers spent 2 hours per side disassembling, cleaning and reassembling to ensure proper braking operation. Stripped down the carriers, removed the inserts, cleaned it all. Very time consuming but needs doing properly as brakes are brakes and If not properly cleaned up pads will seize or wear uneven.
 
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