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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 02:44 PM
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Apologies AyJay. My facelift SW brake starts clicking early on in its travel. I presumed the whole range was the same. The only car I've ever driven that didn't click from the start was a hired renault, just after they introduced pushing the complete plipper into a slot and pressing a 'GO' button. Everything about that car worried me, especially when I worked out that you had to press the 'GO' button to make it switch off.
My parkbrake moves around an inch or so vertically before the first click. You can feel it take up the slack and it will tighten as brake is applied.
I found there was quite a bit of slack in the cable around the time of the second (20k) service. They ommitted to adjust it at the sevice and a few weeks later it was bothering me enough to go back and get them to do it.

They agreed it should have been done as it was coming up to around 45 degrees before being effective.

For normal flat level ground 1 click is fine although i can get it to 2 easily enough. For an incline it will need 2 or 3 clicks to secure the car. I dont see the point on yanking it up tight as all im doing is over stressing the cable making it stretch and needing more adjustment.

Finally, being a bit anal i guess, i dont normally just pull the handle up, i press in the button so i dont get the clicking as i think it can over a very long time wear the teeth possibly allowing the brake to accidentally disengage. Ive done this for so many years now its second nature.

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Hey, youve just made me realise, in normal driving conditions, I'm anal as well.
It must have been Mrs Maul, my driving instructoress all those 40 years ago in a Mark one Ford Escort saying "push the button in, I don't want you wearing my handbrake out". I must only click it up for 'analytical purposes.
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Im glad its not just me then!
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Well I just tried to tighten my handbrake, and with little success! the compartment is too thin for a socket, to thin to use a pair or pliers, and so I resorted to using the 10/12mm spanner out the boot! I kept thinking I had grabbed, it and kept twizzling and I spent a while trying with no real gain... any suggestions?


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Well I just tried to tighten my handbrake, and with little success! the compartment is too thin for a socket, to thin to use a pair or pliers, and so I resorted to using the 10/12mm spanner out the boot! I kept thinking I had grabbed, it and kept twizzling and I spent a while trying with no real gain... any suggestions?
Yes, use the correct method of adjustment. At the handbrake drums within the rear disks.
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Hi Deeps,

fair comment it was the next direction I was heading...

are you referencing the post made by ida01ro above? with the link? is that the best method to follow? I ask as I cant actually access that link at the moment due to works security on the net...


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Hi Deeps,

fair comment it was the next direction I was heading...

are you referencing the post made by ida01ro above? with the link? is that the best method to follow? I ask as I cant actually access that link at the moment due to works security on the net...
If you are happy to remove the rear wheels, it is a doddle and takes a few minutes each side. Remove a rear wheel, rotate the disk so that the rubber plug is at the bottom, Remove the plug turn the adjuster with a screwdriver until the disk has a slight resistance to turning, and replace the plug and wheel. Repeat on the other side.
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As much as I am happy to try that, I will be vain on my car accessories behalf, and say I dont want to use and scratch / make a mess of the jack unnecessarily, so I may just pop down a dealer and ask them to adjust it for me.

Trying to get that stupid spanner into the adjustment slot under the armrest was a nuisance and an irritation, granted the handbrake feels slightly tighter and now click in at about 6 clicks rather than 7 - 8, so its made a sligh difference, but as you say, will be much better off getting it done properly...


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As much as I am happy to try that, I will be vain on my car accessories behalf, and say I dont want to use and scratch / make a mess of the jack .
I have one of these in my garage. A rubber ice hockey puck on the jack stops damage to the car.



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I had an old trolley jack as well when I used to live at home 'with the folks' but since moving out and in with the mrs folks, we dont have the space, so I cant store one anymore they are very good though, and I like the idea of the puck!


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