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Old 02-03-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
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E-brake sticking

I have a stock 05 GT with 77k miles. Has anyone had problems with their E-brake? Mine locked up on me a little while back. I used it every time I parked (manual transmission). Just wondering if anyone else has had any experience like this and what you may have found.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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I had to get mine replaced. Ford said that the original ones are bad or something. Something about water getting to the line and freezing it up. But the new ones supposedly have better water protection. Haven't had the problem since I got it replaced in June 2013 but rubber probably wouldn't go bad in less than a year anyway. But the brake line they replace it with is a "different" design modified by ford
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I'm actually at the dealership right now having mine replaced. The e-brake on the mustang is the most worthless item on the car. It easily sticks due to water damage and corrosion due to the elements. It is a common problem, but if you go under the back left (drivers side) wheel and shake what looks like the bicycle brake cable, it will disengage so you can drive it to a shop.

FYI be sure that you are parked when you do this
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Awesome. Thanks guys. I will see if I can't order a new cable.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #5
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Mine froze up on my 2005, when it warmed up I changed it.
I got it off and rusty water poured out from inside the sleeve.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:24 AM   #6
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From what I'm hearing, I will probably see the same thing. Any ideas on a ballpark cost for the new cable?
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You can buy both cables (left and right) from eBay for around $110. I got my warranty to cover it after fighting with them... I had a rust like powder coming from the left cable along with broken plastic pieces. Rust is not covered on most warranties. If I had a lift, I'd do it myself.

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Hmm I've had this problem, thanks for the info!
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It seems pretty common, didn't think there was a problem until it wouldn't disengage and I had the cables replaced... Now I know there was a BIG problem, the feel is completely different!
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Agreed. First time it happened I didn't know what to do. I left the car running as I went back inside to get some idea of what to do, came out and it was good. Although the cold definitely messes up my gauges too.
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Just experienced this a few weeks ago for the first time on my '05 GT at 48K. It's put away for winter now so there's time to shop.


Is the Ford redesign the best or will aftermarket be okay?
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I would think since someone stated ford knows about the issue that they should have redesigned the cable to avoid the issue in the future, but I'm not sure.
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