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    Electronic Parking Brake - VCDS not working ?!

    Hi,

    What I'm trying to do:-

    - I’m trying to release the Electric Parking Brake on my 2014 VW Golf (need to change rear brake discs)
    - I have followed the Wiki instructions – however these don’t work - link pasted for reference(http://wiki.ross-tech.com/wiki/index...)_ABS_Brakes)? .

    - I need some help to resolve please!

    Issue faced:-

    - My “Basic Settings – 04” on the ABS option is greyed out, so I cannot complete what is shown in the instructions

    What I'm using :-

    - Latest VCDS version (19.x.x) version and then tried an older one (see the screenshot) - but no difference.
    - I'm also using what I believe is a genuine Ross Tech Hex + CAN cable (labelled HEX+CAN Dual-K & CAN <-> USB. Interface for VCDS. Rev.B. [url]www.ross-tech.com)...or at least one that looks like it




    Autoscan Results :-


    I have run autoscan and the results are below – alongside this the below shows the screen suggesting some elements are missing? Please can someone help?



    Code:
    Removed.  Data from a clone/pirate copy of VCDS is not acceptable here.
    Last edited by Uwe; 01-03-2020 at 07:04 PM.

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    Why don’t you just release the parking brake from the button inside? There’s no black art VCDS will bring to this. You’ll still need the twistable piston tool to push the piston inside.

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    Not doing this electronically destroys the electronic parking brake - you have to retract the electronic parking brake first and then use a piston tool to make space for the brake pads etc. Google explains why if it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Not doing this electronically destroys the electronic parking brake - you have to retract the electronic parking brake first and then use a piston tool to make space for the brake pads etc. Google explains why if it helps.
    That is bullshit. I did full brake job to my Tig few months back and I did NOT use VCDS for anything. Retracted the parking brake with the button, pushed the piston with the piston tool and changed discs and pads. Everything is still working after 4 months.

    Now tell me exactly how it destroys the parking brake as you seem to know it so well? And Google tells you lots of different things that have no connection to reality whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtime View Post
    That is bullshit. I did full brake job to my Tig few months back and I did NOT use VCDS for anything. Retracted the parking brake with the button, pushed the piston with the piston tool and changed discs and pads. Everything is still working after 4 months.

    Now tell me exactly how it destroys the parking brake as you seem to know it so well? And Google tells you lots of different things that have no connection to reality whatsoever.
    On my Golf Mk7 the hand brake is automatically switched on as soon as the engine is turned off, I’d rather not die of carbon monoxide poisoning by leaving the engine running and instead prefer follow the process that 1000s have suggested on YouTube and the like (including variations such as put a power supply directly to the EPB and reverse polarity, or take the thing apart and manually rewind the spindle)

    Also ir you push the piston against the parking brake you will find it supremely difficult to use the piston rewind tool and would most likely knacker up the inner workings if you put too much force on the tool (there is a screw in the epb which interfaces with the piston - you are effectively pushing against that).

    I’m sure your method is amazing, so worthwhile sharing on YouTube so others can benefit from your wisdom...as they have all being doing it wrong, but magically you haven’t...

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtime View Post
    Why donít you just release the parking brake from the button inside? Thereís no black art VCDS will bring to this. Youíll still need the twistable piston tool to push the piston inside.
    The black art is that when you retract the EPB with VCDS, you will NOT need a twistable piston tool. It fully opens the parking brake and after that, you can push the piston in with anything you want, even by hand if piston is not seized.

    Yes, a tool which rotates piston while pushing it also works, but I myself find it much easier to first use VCDS to open the brake.

    At least this is how it works in Audi A3 8V and I believe that Golf VII has quite similar EPB.

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    Your interface should have a serial number on it; in the format HC-XXXXXX. What is it please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenerdiode View Post
    Your interface should have a serial number on it; in the format HC-XXXXXX. What is it please?
    Hi, I cannot see any serial number on it - please see picture? Purchased from ebay and was marked as "genuine"...


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    I'm afraid you've purchased a clone/pirated interface. My advice is to contact the seller and obtain a refund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenerdiode View Post
    I'm afraid you've purchased a clone/pirated interface. My advice is to contact the seller and obtain a refund.
    Will do - dodgy eBay seller aside - does anybody know what is wrong (as surely if the module can be read then I should be able to access basic settings...feels like a VCDS issue?

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