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Handbrake Lever Adjustment

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  1. GTUK

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    I anticipated yet another struggle to get my car through the annual mot test this year. As usual the problem is the handbrake - it's ineffective and the lever just pulls to the maximum without the brakes holding, no matter if the brake shoes are correctly adjusted. I was all set to try bending the tension spring tab again this year, but I believe I found the solution in the above videos. The Cherokee/Liberator Jeep in the videos uses the same handbrake lever assembly as the Nitro.

    The automatic adjustment system works fine when the cables are new, but as they get a little rusty and used the friction increases and the flat tension spring isn't then strong enough to pre-tension the cables. All thats needed is to provide a little help to the flat spring by installing some extra helper springs/bungee cord to bring back the correct cable pre-tension. Bending the spring stop tab will do the same thing, but is limited in it's effect.



     
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    That's a neat trick.
     
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    I'll have to take a look at that to see if mine actually looks like that.
     
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    Ok the assembly is supposed to work as described.
    I looked at mine, and see the action.
    My brake cables were ok they retracted. But there was slack in the single cable coming from the lever assembly. I removed the lever assembly (AFTER DISCONNECTING THE NEG BATTERY CABLE)
    In the lever assembly the drum that maintains the tension was not returning. Lubbed it up with WD40 and it losened up. Now I can set up the brake shoes.
     
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    Well the WD40 cleaned it nicely but next day not working smoothly. Took the assemly out and lubricated ot with some bearong greese. That worked real well. Greased between coil and the brake lever.. (had problem loading image)
     
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    Soooo glad i found this thread,

    my Nitro failed it's annual inspection last week (actually every 2 years her in France)
    excessive travel on parking brake lever:
    so i will be trying this fix within the next week or 2,
    Blue ram i will give your little trick with the grease a go first, if that fails will try winding the clockspring 1 more turn.
     
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    anyways looked at the clips above worked out what to do, went over it in my head, iv'e had the centre console out before and know what the parking brake lever looks like, i had already adjusted the shoes when i last worked on the brakes, cables where all good, so this is going to be the quickest parking brake fix ever. even thought maybe i should just make a video just to show how easy this fix is.

    in one of the clips he mentions winding the spring around one more turn to give the adjuster a little more strength, which all made sense to me, spray with WD40 for a bit of a clean a lube, job done.

    things don't always work out the way you think.

    removed the console, wrapped a piece of wire around the lug of the spring, started pulling the spring around, the wire snapped and in a nano second the spring went into a fit of excitement and totaly uncoiled itself, iv'e got 3 cut fingers and the tip of my thumb missing ( still sore 4 days later ) (not funny) (stop laughing).

    ended up removing the complete lever and fixing it on the bench in the vice,
    rewound the spring as tight as it would wind ( thumb is now throbbing ), sprayed the adjusting mechanism with WD40 (got some of that on my cut fingers), after i stopped crying, refitted the lever, now pulls up 4 clicks and the rear wheels are locked.
     
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    Oh, ouch!
    But glad it is working again.
     
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    Glad it worked out. I feel your pain not nice. Imight have to do this as the brakes are still poor. Not looking forward to it after your hardship.
     
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