handbrake adjustment

handbrake adjustment

Postby Snowman [OP] » May 20th 2009, 8:57pm

Anybody having a tip on how to adjust the handbrake?
I`m having trouble to adjust it to work evenly. I find it almost impossible to lock the right rear wheel.
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby daisykleen » May 20th 2009, 9:44pm

??? there is a emergency brake that you put your foot to set astro's do not have a hand break's ?? do you mean to release the emergency brake cable?
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby Snowman [OP] » May 21st 2009, 8:18am

Yes I mean the emergency brake you put your foot on. And it does release ok. The problem is that when I step my foot on it, It works very good on the left side, but not on the right side. When I adjust it to work good on the right side the right brake drags and gets overheated as a result. I have installed new shoes, the right way and adjusted them to barely touch the drum. My e-brake cables are about two years old. And seems fine. I have wondered about the cable splitter underneath the car. this design makes it almost impossible to adjust the e-brake to work evenly.... Here in Norway, every second year we have to control our cars in a govnerment accepted car repair shop. And one of their test, is controling the emergency brake. It has to work evenly and lock both rear wheels at the same time.
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby Matrixx » May 22nd 2009, 8:55am

Replace the that cable then Snowman, it's faulty or seized.:)
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby Snowman [OP] » May 27th 2009, 8:03pm

Thanks Matrixx!
I`ll try that!
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby Matrixx » May 31st 2009, 7:30am

Also just a heads up here Snowman.

Is to have a good close look at the backing plate where the brake shoes anchor to. They can't have "any" groves or slots worn in them from the constant movement with the shoes on them. It's policy with every brake job to add a bit of anti-seize on those spots the shoes move against.

Hope this helps. Please keep us updated, thanks.:)
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Postby astro355 » May 31st 2009, 9:20am

Yes, as Matrixx stated, one of the cables is malfunctioning. But replace both of them, not just one. Otherwise, you may have the same problem on the other wheel.
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