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Old 03-15-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone....
Wonder if ANYONE can HELP ME....I'll keep it direct as I can....: Took car 4 the MOT, FAILED on a bINDING rear WHEEL...backed off brake shoes a tiny bit, PASSED ...BUT IT then failed on the Handbrake on that said wheel....What I done....
Front....New Discs & Pads...result SPOT ON...
Rear.....Renewed both wheel brake cylinders, All NEW Brake shoes, Total re-bleed, Everything is like NEW, all works like New , BUT...1 rear wheel will NOT lock up on the hand brake,
The other side is fine, the car is a '97/98 & 92 K miles on the clock...
I either have tight binding, With handbrake working, OR NO binding..& NO h/brake...so far I have spent abt $ 65, & abt 20 hrs...& got NOWHERE.....Grrrrrrr....ALL ideas SHALL be tried...
Thanking You ALL, once agn...Chris.....
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:46 PM   #2
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Can you reach the cable on the offending rear brake side and 'shorten' it. Most times there is a 'swedged' fitting on the end of the cable, there are a couple of ways to shorten/tighten the cable. assuming that is the problem!! Be careful of 'over-the-pond' assumptions.
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:52 PM   #3
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Most hand breaks have a point in the cable system where the main cable splits and goes one cable to each wheel.
At this poit some systems allow you to adjust each wheel independently. If not you might check to see that the cables are not binding in there respective cable sheeths.
Some where in the system you are not pulling both wheels at the same rate. Binding or adjustment is all it could be.

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Old 03-15-2004, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re-Cable...

Thanks Guys....
Ok, the wheel cable is a loop, runs from wheel 2 wheel, crescent shaped, it goes around a metal grooved disc, which is fassened 2 another cable which goes 2 the handbrake lever, where it is threaded for adjustment....the rear brakes ARE supposed 2B self adjusting, when U opperate the lever, the adjusters r on springs & click to take up the slack....MY opinion is that they only work on paper...LOL...Grrr.....
I Will however THOROUGHLY take on board & CHECK, although I can't actualy see the Cable, as it is hidden under heatshields from the Exhaust/ cat-converter...
Thank U very much, it is nice 2 get a FRESH outlook on problem, maybe a NEW complete cable may solve it, if one side is snagging, the other may soon follow...????
Thanx agn...Chris.....
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