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Old 03-06-2010, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On my son's 2000 Tiburon, the driver side rear caliper parking brake lever is "frozen"
Hitting repeatedlywith a good size hammer did not free up the mechanism.
Passenger side works fine but driver side is frozen solid.
Any suggestions on how to free this up other than replacing the entire caliper?
Would heat help or will it damage internals

As a result, parking brake does not hold car and he failed his State Safety inspection.
I replaced the brake pads as they were worn and hoped it might help but no luck.
Cables work fine and parking brake handle has been adjusted.

Any suggestions????
Thank you in advance,
Kurt
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Dear Rob,

Since the parking brake will not hold, I am guessing that the park cable is frozen in the off/not gripping position. You will have to trace the cable from the rear caliper back under the car, and try tapping/wiggling the cable cover. If you have the rear of the car safely on jack stands, you can try tapping/wiggling the brake cable cover while an assistant is raising and lowering the park brake handle in the car.

If this fails, you could apply axle grease to the exposed cable at the caliper end where it exits the cover, and try to work the cable back and forth. The intent is to work some of the grease up the cable under the cover.

Last resort is to buy a new park brake cable and replace.

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The cable moves fine; it is the lever on the caliper itself that is frozen.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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QUOTE (RobMA @ Mar 6 2010, 08:34 PM)
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On my son's 2000 Tiburon, the driver side rear caliper parking brake lever is "frozen"
Hitting repeatedlywith a good size hammer did not free up the mechanism.
Passenger side works fine but driver side is frozen solid.
Any suggestions on how to free this up other than replacing the entire caliper?
Would heat help or will it damage internals

As a result, parking brake does not hold car and he failed his State Safety inspection.
I replaced the brake pads as they were worn and hoped it might help but no luck.
Cables work fine and parking brake handle has been adjusted.

Any suggestions????
Thank you in advance,
Kurt
[b]Friend if your talking bout the caliper part frozen, tehn I know what your talking about. My rear passanger side I noticed, the part is also frozen. I tried hammering it, it wouldn't budge. Not sure what caused it to freeze, it's all rusted.
I'm trying to find a new one, having a ahrd time with that.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Problem solved
Replaced the driver side rear caliper and now parking brake works perfect.
Parking lever on caliper seized up so bad that even with caliper off and in vise couldn't loosen it with a hammer.
Called Hyundai dealer and they said $500.00 for a caliper but they suggested I buy aftermarket which I did.
It was exactly same as Hyundai but price was only $125.00 with $45 rebate when you bring old caliper back; net cost $80. Much better than $500
My son passed his safety inspection today and everything works perfect again.
Kurt
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