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04/09/2003 20:38:16   James Ayres   Hello all, I just finished fitting back brakes, cylinders, and flexi-pipes, all went well, done and dusted in less than 3 hours! However the handbrake now needs to be adjusted (it's coming up a full 5 clicks) and the haynes manual says that the front seat needs to be removed, is this necessary or is there another way? Any advice welcome.
james  
04/09/2003 22:16:46   ian   Hi James,
There's really no need to remove the seats. I use a long reach socket on the adjusting nuts (14mm from memory). Make sure that you adjust the adjusters on the brakes before you tighten up the cables.

If you feel the need to take the seats out, they slide out really easily....either forwards or backwards.
 
05/09/2003 00:48:02   Alistair   5 clicks isn't that bad though is it? I know it SHOULD be 3 but...  
05/09/2003 08:34:23   Alec   I have a easy method for doing this.

Obviously check that the back brakes are adjusted correctly first. Then as I have found getting a long reach socket on a bit fiddly is that I put the back seat squab up so I can see the cable where they disappear under the rear seat. Pull the handbrake on, put molegrips on the cable next to the metal seat support so that when I release the handbrake lever the cable can't return.
It is then easy to turn the adjusting bolts on the end of the cables with your fingers as they have no tension on them. then pull the lever back on and release the molegrips.
Just repeat this process untill all is well. The whole process just takes a few minutes.  
05/09/2003 17:07:28   ian   Sounds like a good wheeze! Do 'soften' the jaws on the molegrips to avoid fraying the cable?  
05/09/2003 17:41:40   Alec   No, never had any problems like that.  
05/09/2003 19:27:39   James Ayres   Alec's system worked a treat! It's now 3 clicks and holding the wheels rock solid. Thanks Alec, far easier than the method suggested by the workshop manual, James.  
06/09/2003 07:43:18   Alec   Great, glad it helped.  
10/09/2003 16:19:11   Alistair   Nice one Alec, another "top tip" for the Driver methinks!!  
11/09/2003 08:56:59   Alec   Actually thats not a bad idea Alistair, if everyone send in there own personal tips that they have, I could compile them on the site and you could publish them in the Driver. If anyone has any they want to share please email me and I will collate them (giving full recognition to the submitter) on the site.  
11/09/2003 13:49:49   James Ayres   A 'top tips' section would be a boon for someone like me (not the most gifted mechanic!) as I would certainly use it when tackling jobs when the haynes manual gives the long winded 'by the book' method.  


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