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HelloCustomer Have tried pulling up and pushing the button on the end of the handle in? Many times I've had customers that don't have the strength to pull up that last little bit to allow the button to release the locking mechanism. Every time, I would just pull up a little more and with the button the brake would release. Keep the button depressed and try to lift it a little more, use both hands if necesssary. As soon as it raises a pinch more and the button is depressed, it should release.
Your JA Expert,
I've already tried that to no avail. The handle, literally, cannot go up any higher - even when the button (which I'm not sure is still working) is fully depressed.
What do you think?
Ok, there is a Technical service bulletin for this. Apparently the lever twists, jamming the mechanism. Replacement of the handle is the fix. I am going to attach the bulletin. There are illustrations that cover the repair, I will send them if you need them, but this is a notch up on the difficulty scale and I don't know if you want to get involved with the procedure. Use the Bulletin information when contacted either your Saab dealer or your repair facilty. Here is the info:
Bulletin Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNNutg.2
Date: March, 2004
Handbrake lever jamming/cannot be lowered
The handbrake lever adjusting housing can twist after a while or when major force is applied to the handbrake release button. Similarly, the gear segment can twist forward. In both cases this leads to the working travel decreasing and the play increasing. At this point it becomes almost impossible to release a handbrake which has been too firmly applied, especially if it is not possible to lift the handbrake lever before pressing the button.
In the case of customer complaint the following procedure must be undertaken.
Handbrake lever jamming/cannot be lowered.
79 63 937 Screw (X1)
79 75 535 Screw (X1)
If the handbrake lever assembly must be replaced:
12 788 215 Handbrake lever assembly LHD
12 788 216 Handbrake lever assembly RHD
If the height of the handbrake lever must be adjusted when replacing the lever assembly:
12 788 227 Spacer 4 mm
12 788 228 Spacer 5 mm
12 786 769 Spacer 6 mm
12 788 229 Spacer 7 mm
If the handbrake handle needs replacing:
12 802 419 Handle, handbrake lever
Is the handbrake lever in its lowest position?
YES: Continue with step 1 of the procedure.
NO: Continue in accordance with the following to move the lever to its lowest position:
If this does not work:
If this does not work the following alternative can be used which means that the handle must be replaced:
Continue with the procedure in accordance with the following:
First drill a 2 mm hole and then drill it up to 2.5 mm and fit screw 79 75 535 (short screw). The drill bit will automatically penetrate the softer aluminium material.
YES: Continue with step 17.
NO: Replace the handbrake lever assembly in accordance with WIS "Brakes - Handbrake - Adjustment/Replacement - Handbrake lever". Continue with step 18.
Securing the adjusting housing
Securing the adjusting housing + replacement of handbrake lever
I went through Step 1 - turn on engine, depress brake and pull up (no luck), I went through Step 2 (take out coin holder and adjust bolt (no luck), I went through step 3 - take aprt the console and push the white lever forward and try to release the handle (no luck), but when I went through taking apart the brake handle and pulling on the cable with pliers to release the handle - it worked!!
At this point, Is there any danger with the metal handle and cable apart and in the down position? As long as it stays in the down position, can the car still be driven? Could the handle fly up unexpectedly? Could the wheels lock up? Please advise.
Please tell me how I can get the replacement handle part for $10 that will allow me to fix this in about an hour. Once I get that information from you, I will "accept".
Thank you very much for your guidance with this - you were very helpful.
Contact your local Saab dealer, tell them you need these parts:
They are incuded in the TSB that I sent. Use the TSB number if you need to. That should get you the right parts.
Thank you so much for all your help - make it 690 Car Accepts with 100% positive feedback! You did a great job providing a solution for my problem and it was very much appreciated.
I'll be sure to call on you again in the future should any more problems arise (I hope not)!