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    Handbrake Cable

    Mk: 4 (G)
    Model: Sport
    Engine Size: 1.6 16V
    Year/Reg: T Reg
    Doors: 3

    What is happening?
    My car is rolling down hills with the handbrake on!!! Even if I pull it right up. I spoke to my mechanic who said he has tightened it before, so he would possibly need to open the drums and do some adjustments in there. How can I tighten the cable myself for now until I get it looked at?

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    The adjuster is under the leather gater near the handbrake handle mate. Unclip the gater and pull it over the handle (inside out) and adjust the nut

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    Handbrake Adjustment:

    1 Jack up the car at the rear and place on axle stands.

    2 Inside the car prise out the centre console at handbrake, so you can unclip the gaiter and lift it up. You need acess to the cable adjustment nut, just under the handle.

    3 release the handbrake, then unscrew the adjustment nut to give it some freedom.

    4 Press the brake pedal 5-6 times, try and get someone to listen for the automatic self adjustment mechanism to operate on the rear brakes.
    Once you hear this, then stop rpessing the brake pedal.

    5 Fully apply the handbrake and then release it about 5 times.
    Then pull it up 3 notches, then tighten up the adjustment nut until you can 'just turn' the rear wheels (should be quite tight to turn the wheels).
    Both rear wheels should have the same resistance.

    6 Fully apply the handbrake and check that you cannot move the wheels.

    7 Fully release the handbrake and make sure you can turn the wheels freely.

    8 Refit the gaiter and console cover.

    9 Apply handbrake and take the car off the axle stands.

    Job Done !

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