View Full Version : Help with parking brake, please

08-30-2005, 02:09 PM
So, when I changed my rear brake pads a little while ago (on my 1990 SC), I foolishly removed the retaining clip from the parking brake tensioner. I didn't remove any of the cables, I just pulled the clip until it popped off the tensioner itself. So now it's hanging there doing nothing. The annoying thing is I didn't need to mess with it at all - hindsight is 20/20.

I have tried to reinstall this thing by pulling it back onver the tensioner, but it's very, very difficult. Can anyone tell me the best way to get my parking brake working again?

Thanks in advance!

08-30-2005, 02:51 PM
I just grab the cable end with a pair of pliers and pull it into the slot. Make sure you release the parking brake lever (inside the car) or there will be too much tension. Its a pain, but I don't know of any other way to do it.
(There may be some sort of special "Ford Rotunda" tool to do this, but a good pair of needle-nose pliers works for me.)

08-30-2005, 04:56 PM
Thank you for your speedy reply, but I think we have a miscommunication. I didn't have a problem with the cable end at the caliper. My problem is at the tensioner in the center of the car, right by the differential. It's the old-style tensioner with a metal box, a threaded/ribbed rod, and a metal clip that looks sort of like a U-nut. That clip is off, and it's really a bear to get it back on. I don't want to take more of the car apart than necessary because it's my only ride to work. Thanks for any help you can offer.