The action of the handbrake is very much dependant on the service
brakes being adjusted correctly. The hand brake doesn't have much
take-up, so the rear brakes must be set right if the hand brake is to
work at all. Get plenty of slack in the handbrake cable ( sounds as if
you have it because the adjuster is disconnected ) and do the adjustment
on the rear brakes. Then come back and get the cable set up as best you
It sounds as though the cable has stretched a bit and that the
adjustor (prong & piece thing) doesn't have enough adjustment left in it.
If the cable is not slack and the rear brakes are out of adjustment,
you will have a difficult time adjusting the rear brakes with their
adjuster because the handbrake's tension on the cable is upsetting
things. I spent a couple of hours puzzling over this once, before I
figured out that the cable was stuck on one side and tightened
excessively on the other side---couldn't get the service brakes to adjust
and couldn't figure out why. Once everything is working correctly it's
obvious, but it is not at all obvious the first time you do it.
Are your adjusters the little square-head bolt-like things that have a
cone-shape on end that enters the brake anchor point? The steel threads
can get stuck in the aluminium anchor and make turning rather difficult.
If that has happened to your car, you will probably find it easiest to
remove the drums, apply penetrant to the few exposed threads, put a bit
of heat onto the anchor point, and work the adjuster around until it
turns easily. The put the drums back on and turn the adjuster to lock
the drum. Loosen as necessary to get acceptable free rotation.
Be of good cheer--you can get it to work, more or less.
On Wed, 4 Jul 2007 16:09:27 EDT Rabeys@aol.com writes:
> it is the part i'm adjusting that i'm not sure about. the wording in
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