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Handbrake weak on one side



G. Brz─Öczyszczykiewicz

CSF Harvester
ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Just took the car for a pre test check and apparently my driver's side handbrake is very weak. Haven't had a check yet but assuming the caliper hasn't rusted itself into oblivion, is there a way to adjust them? I thought they were self adjusting ­čĄö
 

Krarl

ClioSport Club Member
Your car has poor brakes?

Well isn't that just the biggest shock this week

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ripp

ClioSport Club Member
  182 FFAT
Change the cables and then see if it works. I had the same problem and one of the cables was chewed by corrosion. I did them both and it sorted it
 

G. Brz─Öczyszczykiewicz

CSF Harvester
ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Well after inspecting everything and seeing everything move correctly I assumed it was the caliper at fault. Just fitted a new caliper and it's doing the same bloody thing so I'm guessing it must be the cable after all ­čÖä­čĄú
 

JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
Cant believe it's the cable after only 12 months.

How far is the handbrake lever coming up, normal?
 

VenomUK

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172
Had this on the Meg225, replaced the cables and didnÔÇÖt make a difference so replaced the caliper and has been fine since
 

G. Brz─Öczyszczykiewicz

CSF Harvester
ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Ok hear me out. The handbrake on the passenger side is working fine, so presumably adjusting the handbrake using the adjuster under the exhaust heat shield will result in the passenger side binding. The driver's side is pulling the lever, but obviously not enough to actuate the handbrake fully. What's to stop me just throwing a slotted washer between the cable and the lever on the driver's side to effectively shorten the cable/increase leverage on the lever? :unsure:
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R3k1355

Absolute wetter.
ClioSport Club Member
That'd work if one side is slacker than the other. But if it's a problem with the caliper, it'll only have an effect for so long, till the cable stretches out and it's back to being poo.
 

G. Brz─Öczyszczykiewicz

CSF Harvester
ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
That'd work if one side is slacker than the other. But if it's a problem with the caliper, it'll only have an effect for so long, till the cable stretches out and it's back to being poo.
Well I just replaced the caliper with absolutely no change so I'm guessing it's the cable being too long
 

ldubl

ClioSport Club Member
  182
The Pagid handbrake cables from ECP were too long (handbrake barely held on an incline at full engagement)

Much better now with the cables that Ktec sell
 
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JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
The Pagid handbrake cables from ECP were too long (handbrake barely held on an incline at full engagement)

Much better now with the cables that Ktec sell

Euro don't do the correct length ones.

There's a thread on here listing the correct Borg & Beck cables somewhere.
 

R3k1355

Absolute wetter.
ClioSport Club Member
Febi/Bilstein stuff is good.

First Line own Borg and Beck, although I've never rated First Line stuff but found Borg and Beck to be fine?
 


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