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: Adjusting Handbrake



Grev
02-11-2012, 15:50
Since the handbrake is self adjusting, how would i tighten it to a certain amount of clicks to get the drums to lock? Would i loosen the handbrake from underneath the gaiter, pump the brakes a few times then tighten it back up? I want it a around 4 clicks to hold solidly.

wkdkris
02-11-2012, 16:02
Id like to know this also.... My handbrake is CRAP

Corders
02-11-2012, 16:05
Take the gaitor off and turn the screw to tighten it

Grev
02-11-2012, 16:25
Take the gaitor off and turn the screw to tighten it
The nuts already half way down the thread under the gaitor, i wanna know if loosening it then pumping the brakes then tightening it will work

Corders
02-11-2012, 16:29
Try it


But essentially you need to get new rear brakes

Pugh125k
02-11-2012, 16:38
Will prob need to tighten from the drums itself

Corsa c handbrakes are **** at the best of times

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Grev
02-11-2012, 16:47
Try it


But essentially you need to get new rear brakes

Renewed the drums about a week ago, was told to let them bed in for the 1st 200 miles then adjust them, and ive done around 200 miles since

Grev
02-11-2012, 16:48
Will prob need to tighten from the drums itself

Corsa c handbrakes are **** at the best of times

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Yeah thats what i was thinking at first, but if its self adjusting wont it just go back to sick clicks to full lock?

wkdkris
02-11-2012, 16:51
Renewed the drums about a week ago, was told to let them bed in for the 1st 200 miles then adjust them, and ive done around 200 miles since

I've just put a brand new complete cable on, drums, pads, springs the whole lot got done and the handbrake still doesn't hold! :( they truly are crap mate it seems. Just want a way to get it to 3-4 clicks like you said

Camerz
02-11-2012, 16:52
Let the handbrake off, tighten the bolt and keep checking the angle of the lever when the handbrakes on until its where it should be that's what I had to do:shrug:

Coxy
02-11-2012, 16:56
Shoes probably need adjusting tbh too. My handbrake was terrible never trust it to hold the car. now it locks up the back wheels while driving along so its improved a bit :lol:

Grev
02-11-2012, 17:02
Shoes probably need adjusting tbh too. My handbrake was terrible never trust it to hold the car. now it locks up the back wheels while driving along so its improved a bit :lol:

What you just tightend the adjuster strut in the drums?

Coxy
02-11-2012, 17:19
Yep, whacked the drums off as I had a big enough socket in my tool box, and adjusted the star wheel thing, you have to play about with it, turn it several times, drum back on, tug on the handbrake cable to get it settled, see if drum spins freely

Coxy
02-11-2012, 17:21
http://i.imgur.com/sL2lo.jpg

Problem is, it'll always be happy to pull the left rear more than the right, as the handbrake cable main line is situated to the left, it's not central as it cant, will be in the way of the exhaust so, bare that in mind.

Grev
02-11-2012, 17:32
http://i.imgur.com/sL2lo.jpg

Problem is, it'll always be happy to pull the left rear more than the right, as the handbrake cable main line is situated to the left, it's not central as it cant, will be in the way of the exhaust so, bare that in mind.
Nice one mate ill do it tomorrow and post the results.

robins2409
02-11-2012, 20:01
Try adjusting the 'self adjuster' manually until you can't push the drum back on, then back it off slightly and refit the drum. do this to both sides and then repeat this process with the handbrake cable and that should give you better brake balance/handbrake hold

pinkpig
02-11-2012, 20:06
Copper grease/wd40 all the spings and the little adjusting nut so it turns easy both sides.