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8.4 - Handbrake Adjustment ( )

The cable adjuster is located under the centre of the car, at the handbrake end of the cable.

Undo the locknut and turn the adjuster to remove slack from the cable so it is just taut. Retighten the locknut.

Unless the car has been driven with the handbrake applied, it is unusual for the handbrake shoes to wear and need adjustment or replacing. If the handbrake is inefficient, however, adjustment is possible,

The adjustment is done by a star shaped wheel on a threaded bolt which sits between the upper ends of the shoes. Turning the wheel pushes the shoes closer / further from the drum and so gives the necessary adjustment.

Jack the car up with the handbrake released, remove the wheel and spin the disc such that the access hole is in front of the adjustment wheel, at approximately the eleven o'clock position. Using a small bladed screwdriver, turning the adjuster so that the shoes are in contact with the drum, then back it off until the disc / drum assembly can spin without binding.

Adjusting one side can marginally affect the other, so best results can be obtained by doing both sides at one go, supporting the car on axle stands meanwhile.


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