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My 2009 Clk parking break isn’t working and if worst case

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Hi my 2009 Clk parking break isn’t working and if worst case scenario it needs a new whole unit do you have to remove the dash to exchange?
JA: How long has this been going on?
Customer: a few weeks
JA: What is the model of your '09 Mercedes?
Customer: 220cdi sport
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no garage had a look and say it looks like a spring has broken but they think the whole dash needs to come out to replace
JA: Is there anything else the Mechanic should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: the parking release handle is very loose I’m assuming it’s connected

Hello my name is ***** ***** thank you for using just answer. The foot (handbrake ) is replacable without taking dash out. Its normally the lever under car seizes up , the one the single cable goes to the double cables , work the arm back and forth spraying lots of wd40 around the pivot..

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
When you say the arm do you mean the foot pedal arm?

NO UNDER the vehicle the lever that holds the handbrake cables.

It seizes up and wont return causing your problem..Very common.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
The garage said a spring had broken by the ratchet on the foot brake

Ok but its not a spring please try what i am suggesting.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
But they said to get at it the whole dash had to be removed
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Ok I will do tomorrow

I have been a mechanic for 48 years and never had to do any repairs to the pedal or spring.

Is sounds like they want to rip you off sorry.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
That’s what I was checking, if your suggestion doesn’t work and it is the footbpedal assembly that does need changing can that be changed quiet easily?


Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thank you I will do what you suggested and hopefully that will do the job but if not at least I know it’s not as bad as I thought and will try another garage

Ok thank you.

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