While looking at the cable adjuster you also can inspect the cable quality.
My cable operated well, but when looking near the adjuster it showed it
almost was broken.
'71 BGT with a new handbrake cable
From: Max Heim [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: woensdag 26 juli 2000 19:41
To: MG List
Subject: Re: Hand Brake
Is he adjusting the rear brakes (at the wheel) or the hand brake cable
adjuster (underneath, in the tunnel)? He's right not to let the rear
shoes drag, but they need to be darn close to it, then the cable adjuster
needs to be tightened up with the handbrake lever released. Even then,
due to intrinsic cable stretch, as hard as you can pull up the handle
(maybe four "clicks"), it will just hold on a moderate hill (in San
Francisco, CURB YOUR WHEELS!). At least that is the story on mine, with a
very old cable. But the problem is not that the cable stretches over long
periods of time (because you can adjust for that), but that it stretches
when you pull up on the lever (or seems to). I suppose that what is
really needed is a longer lever arm, to apply more force. Right now, as
it is, my wife can't release the handbrake after I have applied it fully.
Mike Razor had this to say:
>Got new rear brake pads, new hand brake cable, put on by a
>professional mech and still no handbrake holding power on my hill.
>Readjusted and still no holding power. Any suggestions? The mech
>said he is afraid to adjust up to much, it may make the rear brakes
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.