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How To: Adjust Your Handbrake. With Pics

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Well I got sick of my handbrake not working very well at Motorkhanas, so today I thought I'd give it a go so it's working properly for the Grasskhana this Sunday. My hand brake was adjusted a few months ago at the lever end, but it just wasn't working well enough for my liking. So here's how to adjust it at the other end...

If I can do this without any trouble then so can you

What you need:

- A couple of screwdrivers

- A Jack

- Jack stands

- A small torch will help

1. Jack the rear of the car up and put it on jack stands so you don't get crushed

2. Have a look behind the wheels and find the little rubber plug that you can see in the pic below:

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3. Remove the rubber plug. I used a small screwdriver to get it out. This is what you will see now:

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4. Grab your torch and have a look inside the hole. You will see a small cog:

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5. Use your screwdriver to rotate this cog UPWARDS. This will move the handbrake shoes closer to the drum. Keep rotating it upwards until it becomes difficult to move the wheel

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6. Back it off a few "clicks" by moving the cog DOWNWARDS until the wheel starts moving freely again. For mine this was about 4 clicks.

7. Take your car off the jack stands and take it for a test drive to make sure the handbrake isn't rubbing and slowing the car down. If this is the case then you'll have to jack it up and back it off a bit more.

8. Done. You should notice a decent improvement, and you will notice the handbrake lever doesn't have as much travel. If it still has too much travel it will also need adjusting at the lever end.

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Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any injuries, deaths or damaged property as a result of doing mad handbrake turns because your handbrake now works properly.

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awesome :)

iv heard some shocking prices for workshops doing this.

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firstly, back of handbrake cable before any adjustment at the wheels - this is done at the handbrake lever

then adjust till wheel stops turning (when pushed with hand) then back off 6 clicks - a lesser amount may cause a huge suddder thru the rear axles as the brake warms and binds

then readjust handbrake cable to a setting of 6-8 clicks

pretty well written post, just wanted to clarify a few points

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Cheers Ichi Ban. 6 clicks sounds about right

I'll update it with the adjustment at the lever end when I get some free time

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oh and the direction of travel for the adjusters is for when the adjsuters are factory installed

Often when a wheel bearing is done, the adjuster get installed around the wrong way, which is no biggie but the adjuster works backwards

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 Ichi Ban said:

oh and the direction of travel for the adjusters is for when the adjsuters are factory installed

Often when a wheel bearing is done, the adjuster get installed around the wrong way, which is no biggie but the adjuster works backwards

True, good point. You'll figure out pretty quickly if you're not turning it in the right direction anyway.

Here's some video proof that the adjustment works: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canterbury-Car-Club-Motorkhana-Autocross/187203601312211 (see the videos of my silver Legacy)

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