Handbrake Lever Adjustment

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  1. GTUK

    GTUK New Member

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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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    Scar0 Khaki Nitro Nut NOTM Winner!

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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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