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Replacing the e-brake pedal strut on your 2004-2010 Porsche Cayenne

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Article and photos by Vu Nguyen

Here’s a quick and satisfying five-minute project for your Cayenne. We use the e-brake all the time when we park, especially at home due to the incline of our driveway. For the longest time after releasing the e-brake we’ve had to give it a little nudge with the top of our left foot to fully release the brake pedal and turn off the e-brake warning light in the dash.

As with all struts, over time they lose their pressure and ability to exert the proper amount of force. The one I took out easily compressed by hand and the new one was almost impossible to compress. 

I’m not sure why I waited so long to fix this. It’s super easy to do.

Tools you’ll need:

  • a pair of disposable gloves 
  • safety glasses
  • a pick or small flat blade screwdriver
  • compact LED work light

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in PARK 
  • Note the orientation of the strut for reinstallation

  • Use the screwdriver/pick to release the clips on each end of the strut to remove

  • Be careful not to poke yourself with the screwdriver/pick
  • When installing the new strut, release the clip of the end that attaches to pedal before reinstalling (no need to do on the other end). This will make reinstalling pedal end easier

  • Install the top end first. Then make sure the pedal is fully released. When it is, the ball and socket on the pedal end will be just about aligned. Pop on the pedal end and push the clip to lock in place.
  • Also, keep in mind you are working with pressurized shocks. Safety first.

Good luck!

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