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now I know why they never worked!
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Do you think someone engaged the PB and ran them raw? When I apply the parking brake the mechanism moves (visible near the transfer case) but the shoes don’t. I’ll order a new set and see if I can bring them back to life. First time working on these so wish me luck.
 

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Here are the procedures.
 

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w163 02 ML500 W210 97 E50Amg w202 99 C230K w124 - need more space, time to build again
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When was the last time these were inspected?
 

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I am wondering if after all these years did the adhesive give out? Or the organic material degrade?. If someone rode with them engaged the wear would be consistent and flat, it would not look like the valley of death.

Are both sides the same?
 

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I have had them just delaminate on the 99 and make evil noises. Replaced with the MB kit as at that time one of the places like Autohaus or FCP had a complete kit with springs, adjusters, keepers and the lever that holds the parking brake cable.
Not so long ago the 2000 lost a "shoe" and as quick fix I removed it. I have to get new shoes and install them. UGH
 

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I am wondering if after all these years did the adhesive give out? Or the organic material degrade?. If someone rode with them engaged the wear would be consistent and flat, it would not look like the valley of death.

Are both sides the same?
valley of death...perfect description. and i just pulled the drivers side. i had to drill out that rotor hold down bolt and that cut into the investigation time. i am going to order a new set today and install soon. give me something to work on during this lockdown!
 
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