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Old 16th July 2008, 20:30   #1
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Default Handbrake Adjustment OMG the ‘HOW TO’ is wrong!

Just spent most of this afternoon trying to adjust my handbrake following the ‘HOW TO’ here: - http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/index.php?thepage=howto

With reference to the actual adjustment it quotes, ‘Moving the adjuster under as opposed to over should push the shoes closer to the drum.’
This is wrong, as the adjuster has a right hand thread the wheel needs to be pushed up and over to expand the shoes!
After spending a good few hours with my screwdriver thorough one of the wheel nut holes I thought *** this for a game of soldiers and whipped the calliper and disk off to actually see what was going on!

As you can see from the photo this is a right-hand thread.
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Old 16th July 2008, 20:38   #2
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Thing is when the cars were built adjusters both point toward the front of the car meaning that on one side you adjust them one way on the other you do the opposite.

Unless like me you've got both adjusters pointing to the right as you have in the picture.

It could be both adjusters on the car that the How to was written on had the adjusters pointing left.


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Yes I see your point Russ, and having another look at the ‘HOW TO’ in the photo at the top it shows the adjuster at the front at about 11 o’clock whereas mine is at 1 o’clock on both sides of the car!
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That would explain a lot of confusion on a thread last year where some of us said it was one way, some of us said it was the other. Didnt know the little blighters could be fitted either way
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Tricky little devils aren't they.

Still cause me to curse and swear, maybe how-to should be re-named "how to waste 6 hours and still be unhappy with your handbrake adjustment"

Third attempt now and still not completely happy with the adjustment

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Tricky little devils aren't they.

Still cause me to curse and swear, maybe how-to should be re-named "how to waste 6 hours and still be unhappy with your handbrake adjustment"

Third attempt now and still not completely happy with the adjustment

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Still got far too much travel on mine Russ but reluctant to strip mine down as I know you have and still not happy as you say.
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Handbrake? Who needs a handbrake when you can use a peasant to hold your car steady on hills.....

Good spot on the drum adjuster fitting thingymabob. I'll point it out to the chiefs for editing the PDF accordingly.
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Get an Automatic and use Park.

Oh, mine point Left, but not mine in How To,
Perhaps one or other is wrong??
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Get an Automatic and use Park.

I will point that out to the MOT man later this year, If he challenges this could you give me your home and mobile telephone number for him to contact you
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Dave our MOT stations Pass with a almost non functioning Handbrake on Automatics,
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