Was quite proud of myself for installing a new set of rear pads and yet again unseizing my calipers as per one of my previous threads...
Caliper pistons wound back all the way easily once the brake hose was clamped and bleed nipple cracked open.
(NB - I bought a wind-back tool from machine Mart for only £12 but it didnt really fit! The pin spacing was just a little too wide on the tool ... BUT, I was able to put one pin in the piston face hole and lever the other pin against the piston edge, without any damage).
I pumped the brake pedal a few times until it felt hard and then tried putting the handbrake on
, awful screetching noise from the EPB unit for twice as long as normal, then nothing except 'Total EPB Failure!' on the dash!
Nothing would clear this apart from disconnecting the battery, then exactly the same thing happened with the exception that the EPB this time sounds like its attempting to release the brakes when the handbrake button is pushed down.
Car feels good when driven but pedal pressure is erratic.
Only time I tried the EPB again was to hear the dreaded screetch which I stopped instantly only to get a 'Partial EPB function' or similar from the dash.
Ford dealer now booked for Monday in the hope (as I've read here) that its just the car's brain that needs reprogramming - wish I could find an independant garage in the N.E. who could do this.
Fingers crossed its NOT a new EPB unit, even if there is a link on this site to someone who appears to do exchange units.
My own fault i guess for daring to change my own rear pads and could be an expensive lesson to learn.
PS - Can someone please tell me the last year the EPB was fitted to the CMax in case I go looking for a 2nd hand unit?