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Old 05-08-2010, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys,

The parking brake release handle on my 2003 S600 is loose and won't catch. I have included a picture for reference. I have no idea what happened. Should I take it to the dealer or what? Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely the spring attachment broke or worst case scenario the parking brake cable has snapped. You should fix it asap. Just ensure your parking brake is not in lock position as driving with it locked will damage your rotors and the drum brakes that will need replacing.
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How urgent and expensive an issue is this?
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The older W126 had a chain similar to a toilet chain connecting the handle to the pedal release latch. Maybe that chain broke (if its like a w126)
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Hey Guys,

The parking brake release handle on my 2003 S600 is loose and won't catch. I have included a picture for reference. I have no idea what happened. Should I take it to the dealer or what? Thanks in advance!!!
I have the exact same problem on my 2003 S500. The dealership told me that the cable on mine is broken and that the replacement is all one part with the foot pedal....$300+
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Really. That much?
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Really. That much?
Lol yes? 300 bucks isn't much for a repair on a W220.

I've been wondering how long it will take mine to go south... it's kind of flimsy.
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Ohhh believe me I know how expensive these puppies can get. I just figured it would be a $50 cable and $150 worth of labor. Seems like quite an easy fix!
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Ohhh believe me I know how expensive these puppies can get. I just figured it would be a $50 cable and $150 worth of labor. Seems like quite an easy fix!
It should be, especially if you can DIY!

Take a look at the components from the WIS below. It looks like a short length of Bowden cable (Item 79) between item 77 and item 71. It might be tricky to remove from item 71 without the MB special tool.

If the nipple has pulled off you may even be able to re-solder another one on.
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WOW, you officially have "THE MAN" status. My issue is that I'm not sure what is wrong with it.
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