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Old 12-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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handbrake headache!!!

ok two things.
firstly when i apply the handbrake on a hill , no matter how strong or weak i pull it, it will roll about 5 cms them stop . why is this?? i don't mean dip like handbrake on facing up hill then the weight shifts making it look like the arse lifts up. the whole car rolls.
secondly (and this is why i don't use the handbrake now) here's what happens when left for more than about a day with the hand brake on :
get in car ( )
start engine etc
reverse gear
handbrake off
reverse out the driveway
(horrible bit) an almighty bang!!!
i took the rear brake assembly apart to find the locating springs for the parking shoes had literally been ripped out of the plate in which they key themselves into. so this then got mashed up in the hub.

it's done this three times now, why ? only on the o/s. costing me a fortune in service kits

please help me.
also apolgies for not getting on here as often i should. life throws unexpected things at you.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it the AutoBox? If yes then the handbrake is not actually working at all, just the "P" Gearbox park-brake, hence the slight movement...
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it's definitely not that. manual gearbox
it's rolls then STOPS dead, almost like its hit a wall , albeit at 0.0001mph ?
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Hmmm... Does the outer cable "seat" ok at the hub? Are the shoes fitted correctly? Are the shoe locating pins missing?
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yep. everything is as it should be. but after about a day it just wrenches the pins out when it moves. the handbrake mechanism is ok, all the bits move when the lever is lifted. it's getting right on my tits
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Any chance of some pics?
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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alas not. it's all back together for now. i only use the hand brake if i'm in town. i daren't use it overnight. too much cost, again.
why does it roll too? shouldn't do surely. argh!!!
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The roll must be dragging the shoes wider and yanking the springs (a guess). Are they the correct shoes?
Next time it happens, get some piccies ;-)
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yep correct shoes. only started doing it in the last month and nothing in that time has changed or been altered.
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Did you get my PM?
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yeah , doesnt work at the moment.
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Oh bugger, I forgot... Software upgrade mate, it'll be available soon... Please give it a go ;-)
They tend to do this while I am online because I am "Not wired up correctly" hahahaha
Great laff on there tho ;-)
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will i get a solution to my problem ha ha
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I will die trying mate... ;-)
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