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i have a s type Jaguar on a 2004 plate.iam trying to renew the rear brake pads,but the parking brake is locking up the rear wheels,is there any way of disingaging the rear brakes,so i can get the old pads out,dont really want to go to a Jaguar garage and walk out with a empty wallet,

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Hi Neil,


You should be able to disengage the electronic handbrake by holding the switch whilst switching off the ignition.

Once the handbrake is off, you can retract the calipers by turning the pistons anti-clockwise until flush into the caliper. It would help to crack the bleed nipple loose and capture the lost fluid when winding in the pistons, as this will prevent the fluid pressure being forced back up the system and damaging the ABS unit.  Remember to pump the brake pedal when finished!


Hope this helps?

Regards, Trevor

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i have tried what you have told me,nothing,maybe i should of told you it is a auto,with a J gate,where should the lever be before i turn of the ignition.,and are you saying hold the handbrake switch up or hold it down.i did try and put the auto box in nutral and turn of the ignition,the brakes run free,but iam unsure what would happen when i start to screw in the calipers,would the pads lock up ??.many thanks neil.

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I believe from memory that you depress the handbrake switch to the 'off' position whilst switching  the ignition off. It would also help to leave the gearshift in neutral but do not leave the ignition on when carrying out the task.

It may be prudent to get a garage to change the pads if it doesn't drive back the handbrake as this can be carried out with a scanner.


Good luck!


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yes just been told that i would ned to have the brake reset,after new pads have been fitted,so after a lot of looking about,i have found someone that will fit them and reset the brakes for 50 quid,so he can have the hassel if it all goes wrong,cheers for your hepl .

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