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Just changed the rear pads on my 93 Vitty and now have no handbrake. Any thoughts would be welcome
 

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You need to make sure the handbrake mechanism is returning properly and not sticking on. A good douse with WD40 and moved by hand a few times should clear it
 
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It's also a good idea to back off the adjuster on the cable (at the handbrake lever) to ensure that the autoadjuster on the caliper can take up the slack
 

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Finally sorted out the handbrake.

Turned out the n/s/r mechanism was sticking.

Anyway having had real trouble finding out how to adjust the handbrake here's how I did it for anyone else who needs the info.

1. Inside the car lift the cassette box cover and remove the two screws under the black plastic buttons. Release the handbrake.

2. Pull the panel back and up to disengage it from the centre console. Then move it forward and off the handbrake lever.

3. Completely slacken the handbrake cable adjuster.

4. Outside. Jack up either one or both sides and remove the wheel or wheels.

5. Remove the two bolts holding the caliper in place (12mm). Not the bolts holding the caliper carrier bolts which are larger.

6. You will see that the piston has four notches in it. Using something like a pair of long nose pliers to engage the notches turn the piston clockwise about 10 turns. This will reset the adjuster.

7. If you are replacing the pads now is the time. Refit the pads and the caliper.

8. Check that the hadnbrake mechanism on the caliper is rotated back onto the stop pin.

9. Do the same on the other side.

10. Pump the brake pedal 3 or 4 times to set the caliper.

11. Apply the handbrake a couple of times and release it.

12. Check that the caliper mechanisms are still returning to the stop pins.

13. If all is well then adjust the handbrake cable at the handbrake handle end. It should have about 5-7 clicks.

If like mine the mechanism is not returning correctly to the stop pins you will find that the brakes bind.

To remedy this you need to:

1. Remove the spring on the caliper mechanisms and undo the 17mm nut.

2. Pull the handbrake quadrant off the shaft and remove the spring washer behind it.

3. Remove the rubber grommet.

4. Flush out with WD40 or similar and make sure as much of the muck is out.

5. Turn the shaft back and foward and wiggle it from side to side until completely free.

6. Assembly is the reverse of removal

7. Carry out the handbrake adjustment as described above.

You should now have a working handbrake.

Cheers

Allan
 

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A very concise description.... well done that man..;)

A simple clean and overhaul of the rear calipers with new pads can improve not only the handbrake, but the overall braking balance of the car.
 
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