Parking brake handle delete - Linear Motor

ptheland

2013 144" low top Passgr
I did not connect the ignition safety wire so mine can work as an emergency brake.
Well, that's a simple solution! :cheers:

Can you tell a little about the operation - do you have to keep the ignition on while the brake is setting? How long does it take to set and release? Is there some way to release the brake without electric power (thinking of a breakdown situation where power might not be available)?
 

JFloFoto

Member
Can you tell a little about the operation - do you have to keep the ignition on while the brake is setting? How long does it take to set and release? Is there some way to release the brake without electric power (thinking of a breakdown situation where power might not be available)?
System becomes operable with key in position 1 the way I have it wired up.

~3.5-4 seconds to fully engage or disengage.

The only way to release the engaged parking brake in a power failure is to get under the van and disconnect the cable. One nut to remove which would take about a minute.

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Boxster1971

2012 Sprinter 3500 Ext
FYI - one of the new features on the new Sprinters is an electric parking brake option. From the Feb 2018 press release announcing new Sprinter:

"The electric parking brake is a USP in the large van segment, and offers decisive convenience benefits: access from the cab to the living area is made easier thanks to the absence of a hand brake lever."

Source:
https://media.daimler.com/marsMedia...er-for-any-business-sector.xhtml?oid=33195757

Based on photos included in the press release the electric parking brake is a high end option as photos of basic versions still have the hand brake.

BTW: USP = Unique Selling Proposition
 

skirunman

New member
2019 order code, B25- Electrical Parking Brake - $340 approx (260 pounds in the UK). It is a button on the left hand side of the dash next to the headlights.
 
Re: Parking brake handle delete

No welding involved! Only cutting with an angle grinder I picked up at Harbor Freight for $10.

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Does this thing have the ability to crank/pull harder at times? I find that when I park on the sloped part of my driveway, I have to pull up much harder/higher in order for the van to hold...have you found anything like that with this unit? Is there a way to increase the tension if/when necessary to keep the van from moving?

This is really cool...
 

F2ca170

New member
I have a late model Ford Edge Sport (twin turbo w/ 335hp) that has an electric ebrake, and it's nice.

Great mod for the Sprinter. I'm interested, thanks for sharing!
 

Aqua Puttana

Poly - Thread Finder
Re: Parking brake handle delete

... I find that when I park on the sloped part of my driveway, I have to pull up much harder/higher in order for the van to hold...have you found anything like that with this unit? ...
FWIW.

The Sprinter parking brakes are notorious for failing the MOT safety inspections in the UK. The UK requires them to pass an actual operation/holding power test. Here in New York State the only test is for mechanical function. If the handle applies the brakes you are good to go.

As Dennis mentioned, there is a star wheel adjustment on the shoes which may help. Failing that, to achieve optimal performance the parking brake small shoes may need to be roughed up with sandpaper or replaced.

My opinion.
The Sprinter mechanical brakes are a parking brake at best. There is no way that they should be considered an emergency brake. If your hydraulic brakes fail, of course you should try pulling the brake handle as you are focused upon downshifting and steering toward the safest escape route. The parking brake may stop you... eventually.

Everyone should try using their parking brakes for a stopping test just to get an idea of their operating capability. The results may be eye opening.

:cheers: vic
 
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alanwestport

New member
Thank you for the great write up. I intend to follow your example. My need is to create room for the largest Dometic 12v cooler possible on my 09. That handle is cramping my style. For anyone reading this that is wanting to move the handle to accomodate a swivel seat base on an 07 to 10 should first consider the "fold down" handle that is actually a Merc part. https://europarts-sd.com/parkingbrakehandle-folding2007-2010.asp Thanks again for your great help.
 
Nice mod, but I can think of two instances where you want your parking brake lever: What happens if there is an electrical failure - does it still work? Also in 4wd conditions sometimes I use the parking brake to modulate more/less power to the front wheels in a sticky situation. This being said this is an infrequent situation. Makes is so clean though I will be contemplating this....
 

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