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    Handbrake trouble

    My beloved wife (blame her) told me last night the handbrake has no resistance when pulled up (the ratchet clicks fine), but you have to pull the handbrake right up (poss 12 clicks) until it's pointing at the roof.

    Fine I said, I look at adjusting it.

    I have just attempted to drive it (with the radio off) and, with the lever released, it is still locked on (It'll move, but with some resistance).

    Is it an easy job to look into? Presumably one of the rear calipers maybe locked on? I was going to take the rear wheels off tomorrow and have a poke around....problem is I'm not sure what I should be looking at.

    Any ideas? (btw: 1999 (T) 1.8 sport (discs all round....and the rear calipers look to be of a different type to the calipers on my W-reg 1.8 SXI))

    Thanks all

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    I'm sure there was some trouble with the lucas caliper or the other make (can't remember sorry) do a search for lucas caliper and see what you get.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.
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    so the handbrake handle is just completely slack, ie comes all the way up... all the time, is there any braking efficiency when pulled whilst driving?

    possibly a snapped handbrake cable if it went just suddenly.

    ask the missus if she has been trying handbrake turns... LOL
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    sounds like snapped cable, but it was the calipers shud b free not locked, unless it snapped because you got a seized caliper ( like i had)

    when you take off the wheels, first locate the cable and look if its snapped, then look at each caliper where the cable goes into is the hanbrake arm! see if it moves freely by levering it with a screwdriver! if it moves up it shud then drop back down on its own, if it moves up/down but doesnt return then it is seized! you can free it up by soaking in wd40 for a bit then working it up and down until it returns on its own but if its really bad you'll need a new one bud!

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    easy one first pull off the leather cover from the hand brake inside the car
    get a
    cup of coffee
    an a long 10mm socket to do up the nut,
    Drink coffee
    test handbrake job done


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    take the wheels off rear ones
    and clean the rear of calipers
    an clean out the spring this gets covered in road crap salt ect ect an rusts
    give it a clean with a wire brush or a jet wash first then cover with a light spray oil

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    but it wouldnt just of come out of adjustment like that, it would of happened over time and you would of noticed it getting worse!!!! so that would be pointless??

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattsysri
    but it wouldnt just of come out of adjustment like that, it would of happened over time and you would of noticed it getting worse!!!! so that would be pointless??
    maintenance fixing things is better why wait till the go tits up
    when keeping things clean an well-lubed is easyer an cheaper most of the time

    i clean the under side of my car once a week in the winter in work just go on the pits an get the jet wash out an clean off all that salt

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattsysri
    but it wouldnt just of come out of adjustment like that, it would of happened over time and you would of noticed it getting worse!!!! so that would be pointless??
    I agree, my handbrake adjustment has only altered 2 clicks in 50k. Since SXIY's has gone about 6 clicks above the MOT limit of 6 clicks I can't believe it's been ignored for 100,000s of miles.

    I would have thought that a cable has snapped, by why it's now locked on is a mystery.
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    Thanks all

    The Astra's only done just over 30K in miles - bought it earlier in the year from a 76 yr old duffer who gave up driving. (FVXSH - with more stamps in the book than I've had hot dinners).

    I'll get my WD40 out tomorrow!

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    does it not go to safe mode (ie handbrake on) such as the dead mans handle on trains, (example, car parked on hill, cable snaps car rolls away causing untold damage, with dead mans handle installed (or a spring in this case, cable snaps, car stays where it is but drive off and feels like handbrake still on) just a thought as you have to have a failsafe system really
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