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Thread: Renault - electric parking brake expense. Beware!!!

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    Thumbs down Renault - electric parking brake expense. Beware!!!

    Recently I have been to 3 Renault cars, a Megane, a Laguna and a Grand Scenic. They were all 5-6 years old with around 60,000 miles. They have all had faults with the electric parking brake. The dashboard display says Parking Brake error and the small red light in the push button flashes constantly.
    In all cases the ONLY repair was a new module and these cost 400 They are simple to fit but you have to program them to the car. They work when the chassis number is programmed in so you need specialist diagnostic equipment to do this and if you enter just one number or letter incorrectly, the new module is useless .
    Also, you cannot use a second hand part as they are 'one fit' only.

    Welcome to the crazy money-making world of Renault

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    so im wondering how many of these went wrong when the car was still under warranty, not many i'd guess, so they wont be really interested, i bet it has to be working properly when it's MOT time, another case of Renault rip off's, just like that other renault rip off, not sure which renault it is but you have to remove the front bumper to change the headlight bulb, brilliant

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    Geez! we were lucky then, as our present car is the second Renault we have had through the mobility scheme, which thankfully we return after three years.

    Mind you, this Modus we have does not have that kind of hand break

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    Stupid question time, but why does an electric handbrake need a 'module'? Surely it is either or or off? And who in Heaven's name ever thought that an electric handbrake would be better than a properly manufactured, adjusted and used manual one?

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    Spot-on observation, Rolebama. A perfect example of the old adage, "if there's nowt wrong with it, don't fix it!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolebama View Post
    Stupid question time, but why does an electric handbrake need a 'module'? Surely it is either or or off? And who in Heaven's name ever thought that an electric handbrake would be better than a properly manufactured, adjusted and used manual one?
    The 'reason' for the module is that the brake is applied manually but when you engage gear and start to lift your clutch foot, this triggers the module to release the brakes. This point also has to be programmed into the car.

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    Hometune, thanks for that, but I have another silly question now. Does the module 'adjust' itselt to take a change in bite point into account as the clutch wears?

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    Sorry Rolebama, don't know that one. But I do know you are supposed to save the settings including the clutch bite point into the diagnostic tool before you remove the module. After fitting the new one the saved settings are programmed into it. But when I have done it the old module is not working so you cannot save this! It works regardless I have found. Oh yes, and it needs to be on level ground so that the correct loading is subsequently applied.
    Is this all really necessary?

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    I was speaking to a small garage owner a while back and they had tried to fit brake pads on a Renault fitted with this system and somehow they had tried to release the cables manually. You can guess the rest.

    I can't think of a good reason why we need such a system.

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    I am wondering if it is relevant to the amount of drivers who have not applied their handbrakes properly, and have had the brakes come off as the discs cooled?! I still wouldn't want this on my car though, I believe I am capable of applying a handbrake, and releasing it for hill starts etc.
    I take a lot of the so-called driver aids as a way of dumbing down driving.

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