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Old 07-21-2012, 05:13 AM   #1
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Handbrake not working? :(

Hello everyone,

I recently bought my 1.8 Compact ti, and over the last week or so the handbrake has literally stopped working? i pull up and the car still moves foreword or backwards?

Any help on what it could be or how to sort it would be really appreciated as i'd rather fix it than have to take to a garage?

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Old 07-21-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Check cables under handbrake first...I assume their both intact. Do not just randomly tighten them unless you can pull out the cables...they should just be lightly snug.

Then you actually go to work on trying things that might actually help.

First, when moving at 20 mph, pull up on the handles...this will clean the brakes, and might be why they're not holding.

Failing that, then try adjusting them...just remove one wheel bolt to do this adjustment...many diys around for that.

Failing that, you remove rotor and look underneath at handbrake mechanism. Worst is usually just that you maybe broke a spring or something.

Odds are that it just needs to be adjusted though...kind of a pitb but not difficult, per se.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help
not going to lie, i didnt really understand it haha, silly question but is there a guide or anything to this?
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Thats brilliant mate, thankyou
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