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 Post subject: 900 Handbrake Cables
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:36 am 
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Hi all. I’m after a little guidance with handbrake cables on my 1990 T16S. I have just replaced both rear callipers for new (reconditioned) ones. The handbrake cable was fairly easy to pry off the lever on the old callipers, but doesn’t seem to reach the arm on the new ones? I would say that both sides are about 10mm too short - even the rubber boot looks too long. Is it a case of removing the centre console and slacking the cables off? Then following the manuals advice on setting them up with a feeler gauge? Or do I have a bigger issue?
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 Post subject: Re: 900 Handbrake Cables
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:41 am 
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Yes, assuming the calipers are identical to the old ones, just slacken all the adjusters, fit the cables and then readjust. Gives you the opportunity to lubricate all the bits whilst you are doing that so that future adjustment is easier.

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 Post subject: Re: 900 Handbrake Cables
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:26 pm 
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Depending on the year, you might not adjust the cables at the centre console. After 1990 (I think?) the adjusters are under the rear seat.

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 Post subject: Re: 900 Handbrake Cables
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They can be a pita to fit...........adjusters on my 1991 C900 are under the rear seat as indicated above. Even after obtaining a left and right cable....one side was still a pig to fit as the cable was too short (think it's the near side cable). I slackened everything off in the centre console . It took a lot of effort to find the extra length.....but it was possible. It's about three years since l did them and l still feel the pain.

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 Post subject: Re: 900 Handbrake Cables
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:00 am 
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Thanks for the advice. My car is an early 1990 model so the adjusters should be under the console. I'll see...


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 Post subject: Re: 900 Handbrake Cables
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:46 am 
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As an update - adjusters are under the centre console on an early 1990 car. Both callipers bled, handbrake cables attached and then adjusted to a 1mm gap between the arm and its back stop. One handbrake works perfectly, but not the other. Both recon callipers are supposed to have the handbrake set from the factory - big tags on them saying not to operate the handbrake lever until installed and bled. It's not a problem with the cable as manually operating the lever on the calliper has no effect as well. The strange thing is that this particular calliper did not have the piston in the correct place to allow the pads to fit - I had to back it off. I'm now thinking that they didn't have the ratchet mechanism set at the factory at all. I think I will try winding the piston all the way out, then all the way back in again, followed by half a turn out to allow the disc to move. I'll see if that resets it. Unless anyone has any other ideas...


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