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    handbreak wire snapped clean out the drum

    Basically i finally got home from a long weekend pulled up the handbrake and it started off with force like usual then it just went and the handbrake shot all the way up and it wasn't working so i turned the engine off and left the car in gear went back to the rear wheel to see the wire was clean out the drum.

    Now haynes says taking it apart is a 3 spanner job and when getting quotes from mechanics they say its a hours work.

    Now if i can i would like to have a go at this myself. The problem is im not sure what part i need. I have been a few mechanics, one person quotes £40 odd for parts, one person quotes £15 and one person quoted £6 for parts.

    The £40 was for all new break cables
    The £15 was a guesstimate
    The £6 was a receptionist calling a parts person explaining what had happened and they were going to just replace the wire.


    Can anybody enlighten with with what i need to do?

    Would pictures help?


    Thanks

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    I think its a new hand brake cable and thats it. It'll be crawling under the car to get it to where it needs to go will be the issue. As for the drum its easy enough to get into and work. 1 screw IIRC.

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    has it definitely snapped? and not just came free from the joining clip that attaches the main cable onto the short piece of cable (about 4") from shoes to clip

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    Yeah deffinatly snapped.




    Thats right 1 screw to get into the disc so im sure if i sort parts and know whats going where it shouldn't be a problem.

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    well thats an easy fix mate as u only need to replace the short section of cable that runs from that metal clip (next to ur finger) to the shoes.

    Can grab u the part number if u so wish.

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    If you could i would really appreciate it.

    Something which just popped in which i forgot to mention. The cable on the other side looks connected fine, however putting on the handbrake doesn't do anything, do they both have to be in simultaneously for it to work?

    For Georgie... its a 1998, mk4, 1.4 astra if it makes any difference.

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    Part number 9127527 - both sides are the same number so just get the 1 and it'll be about 5mins tops to replace.

    Jobs a good un


    with the dodgy side not providing the anchorage and tension on the cable then yankin on the handbrake aint gonna give sufficeint equal pressure to have the good side locked on enough.....if that makes sense.

    replace the broken part and Im sure it'll be workin fine

    while u have the drum off it may be a good idea to give everything a good clean up with wire brush, brake cleaner & WD40 on the non-friction material parts.
    same as the other side.... grease up the pivot points etc so the cable/shoes/springs move effectively

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