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Old 04-02-12, 08:43
225shirley 225shirley is offline
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Hand brake on over night in freezing conditions and then I cant drive off cos my rears are solid!!

Is any one else suffering from frozen rear brakes? not sure if its the calipers but could do with some help as loosing money waiting for the brake s to thaw before Im able to drive off.

Any quick fix ideas?? Is it a caliper prob/service /sticking point perhaps? I had new hand brake cable last month? Brakes work fine with no issue other than when its freezing and I leave the handbrake on.

Remembering to leave the handbrake off is a real pain!!

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Old 04-02-12, 08:48
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Common problem on the T4, hand brake cables freeze. You said you had new cables though, worth checking i guess that everything is properly fitted.
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Old 04-02-12, 09:06
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get the wifes hair dryer out.
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Old 04-02-12, 09:10
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Is it water in the cable then?

Be best to put a couple of large blobs of grease round the openings
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Old 04-02-12, 09:16
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Is it water in the cable then?

Be best to put a couple of large blobs of grease round the openings
Exactly that. Water runs down the cable and freezes. The grease won't help till the water in there has dried out. I'd get the other old cable replaced and check the new one to make sure water can't get in. It's a common problem on many cars not just VWs.
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Old 04-02-12, 09:36
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Default Re: FroZen Brakes

Hi there ! very common problem ! as an ex AA patrolman i used to see this all the time in the cold . as already said its water in the cable and yes mine were frozen on too, so last night i left handbrake off and left in gear. now when the weather warms up a bit i will strip out the cables and if they are not rusty i will run lots of wd40 down the cables and grease the open ends. but best cure is to replace and in the autum do as stated above wd 40 and grease open ends . hope this helps !
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Old 04-02-12, 09:38
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mine does this aswell i just leave it in gear on cold nights both vans ive had have done it.
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Old 04-02-12, 11:18
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Default Re: FroZen Brakes

A quick fix - on a DOKA its easy enough to get at the rear calipers since there's a lot of space under the flatbed, but on a van you would need to jack the body up a bit. Put it in low gear or chock the wheels, then take a broad bladed screwdriver and lever the handbrake operating arm upwards to the off position, this usually breaks the ice and you're good to go.

BUT only a temp fix - the problem still needs to be seen to properly.

//NiSk
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Old 04-02-12, 17:36
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Thanks very much for all the advice I got under the van this morning and squirted some WD40 on the end hosess and mechanisum then rocked that van which seemed to free it up though it did feel as thought the brakes were binding a fraction.

Will take you advice and strip the hoses when warmer then grease them up ready for the next cold spell.. Cheers for all your help.
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Old 04-02-12, 17:46
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mines done it too. job for tomorrow new cables!
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