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JRCA



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2013 Freelander 2 2.0T HSE Auto Orkney Grey
Disabling EPB MY 2013

Greetings to all!
I’ve searched the forum, but did not find an answer....
How do you disable the EPB in case you need to tow the vehicle and the electric system is not working? I’ve seen how to do it in other models (e.g Discovery), but not for the FL2.

Post #373956 24th Jun 2019 4:57 am
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AJ918



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United Kingdom 2014 Freelander 2 TD4 GS Auto Santorini Black

TOWING THE VEHICLE ON FOUR WHEELS (taken from owners handbook)

Do not undock the Smart key, as this will lock the steering column.If the vehicle's battery is to be disconnected, the steering column must be unlocked first. It is not possible to unlock the steering column with the battery disconnected. If the engine cannot be used during towing, there will be no power assistance to the braking or steering systems. This will result in a much greater effort to steer and stop the vehicle and a greatly increased stopping distance. Only tow the vehicle in a forward with all 4 wheels on the ground. Towing in a reverse direction with 2 wheels on the ground will cause serious damage to the transmission. The vehicle should only be towed for a maximum of 50 km (30 miles) at a maximum speed of 50 km/h (30 mph). Towing for a greater distance or at a higher speed, may result in serious damage to the transmission. Do not tow the vehicle if the gearbox cannot be set in Neutral (N). The following procedure must be carried out carefully to prevent damage to the vehicle:

1. Secure the towing attachment from the recovery vehicle to the front towing point.

2. With the parking brake applied, switch on the ignition.

3. Apply the foot brake and place the gear selector into Neutral (N)

4. Switch off the ignition.

5. The ignition may be switched on to allow operation of indicators, brake lamps etc.

6. Release the parking brake before towing the vehicle.

Leaving the ignition switched on for extended periods will drain the vehicle's battery.

The rules on towing in the UK (Taken from ask the police)

When one vehicle is towing another with a rope or chain the maximum distance allowed between them is 4.5 metres.
If the distance between the two vehicles exceeds 1.5 metres then the rope or chain must be made clearly visible within a reasonable distance from either side to other road users. This is usually done by tying a coloured flapping cloth in the middle of the rope or chain.

Additionally, you need to be aware that:
* The towed vehicle must be taxed, registered and insured hand an MOT (if required) and the person driving it must hold the appropriate driving licence for that category of vehicle.
* Make sure the person driving the towing vehicle has a licence that covers them to drive the combination of vehicles – legally a towed vehicle remains a motor vehicle but is also a trailer when towed.
* If it is dark then the broken down vehicle must have its lights on as it would under normal circumstances.
* Tell the insurance companies of the vehicles what you are going to do beforehand in case there are any implications for the insurance cover.
* Towing a vehicle is potentially very dangerous and should only be done for the minimum distance necessary.
* We would suggest that towing a vehicle should always be done by professional recovery companies/garages who have the appropriate equipment, training and experience.
* You should never tow on a motorway.

Post #373959 24th Jun 2019 8:49 am
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Steve D



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Interesting but it didn’t really answer the OP's question. I read it as "How do you release the EPB if the vehicle has an electrical failure and it needs to be towed - moved/loaded onto a flat back truck" etc. Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

Post #373965 24th Jun 2019 11:03 am
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JRCA



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Thanks for your replies!
Steve is right on track.... my question is if there is a "mechanical" way of releasing the EPB, such as pulling a cable or similar.

Post #373974 24th Jun 2019 3:31 pm
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Boxbrownie



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United Kingdom 2007 Freelander 2 i6 HSE Auto Stornoway Grey

Is there nothing in the manual (I have an earlier version without EPB) about releasing the HB in an emergency?

Several cars (other makes) I have had before have had buttons or levers hidden behind trim near the handbrake for just this reason. Regards

David

Please let me know if anything in my post offends you, as I may wish to offend you again......

Post #373979 24th Jun 2019 5:57 pm
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alex_pescaru



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Doubtful... Probably you are remembering about automatic gearbox park release.

As for the EPB, no electricity/power - buttons are useless and as the mechanism is part of the caliper, then no external cables and/or remote levers.

Post #373981 24th Jun 2019 7:13 pm
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Steve D



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As the electronic motors fit directly onto the callipers (unlike, say, D3 ones that operate a cable), the only way I can see of releasing them mechanically would be to disconnect the electric cable going to them, remove the motor assembly from the Caliper (just two bolts) and manually unwind them slightly using a splined/torx/Allen bit in the rear of the caliper.


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 Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

Post #373982 24th Jun 2019 7:23 pm
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Boxbrownie



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alex_pescaru wrote:
Doubtful... Probably you are remembering about automatic gearbox park release.

As for the EPB, no electricity/power - buttons are useless and as the mechanism is part of the caliper, then no external cables and/or remote levers.


Embarassed yes your correct......brain fade I blame Regards

David

Please let me know if anything in my post offends you, as I may wish to offend you again......

Post #373983 24th Jun 2019 9:16 pm
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JRCA



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Steve D, thanks for the info!

And thanks to all for your input!

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