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a pointer regarding the access pannel inside the centre console. in those pictures it looks easy to get on to but in real life its a bit fiddly.
Thanks for tip Beefy.Might leave this one for you then when I come for my service at HH end of August.
I am not good with fiddly things.
seemed alright for me ..famous last words. those tabs on the flaps can be a bit catchy.
its getting onto the 12mm nut thats the difficult part. the flap pops up easy enough. i use an extra long pair of pointed plyers to hold the cylindrical shaft infront of the nut to stop it spinning and an angled ratchet spanner on the nut. issue being if you try to tighten the nut without holding the shaft the cables just twist and you get noware.
Zoran you going to attempt this DIY ?
Don't think so bud.When I come back from holidays I will book service to be done at HH and let Beefy to do it lol.
Seem a bit fiddly for me.
Take the easy option
Just done this on my motor...what a beatch , I had to push the front seat forward, get in thru the back door and then I could only get one hand in with the spanner, good job the nut turned easily...bloomin Japanese and their small hands.
Those small genius hands do make cracking cars thou. Good on you taking on the job.
Am I getting this right? Instead of adjusting the the hand brake nut to take up the slack of the stretched cable. Its actually adjusted in the brake drum? Isnt this a step backwards? Im sure all my other cars you just fiddled with the nut by the handbrake and 30 secs later it was done.
Why is drum brakes for parking a backward step? its the point of adjustment that all via its inspection bung. The majority of the braking on a day to day bases is done by your disc and disc pads.
I meant that you normally adjust the nut by the handbrake only which takes 30 secs. Instead of jacking up the car and taking the wheels off and making the adjustment there.
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Maybe the last cars I had adjusted were a vauxhall nova SR and an old n reg fiesta. Do all cars in the last 15 years need their handbrake adjusting by taking the wheels off? If so that explains a few things.
The adjustment on the wheel is only when the shoes wear is significantly higher than what the central nut will allow you to adjust it. If the car is serviced regular at the dealer or a service ramp it part of the service the adjustment can be done.
All manufacturer do put hurdles in place for owners not to do routine maintenance with ease, or we all invest in axle stands and adjust it. In reality you don't need to adjust the parking brake for atleast once a year and if you don't pull hand brake turns the adjustment will last a long time.
Just to give you an idea my 7th Generation tourer has brake shoes and they are still the original one with 90K miles on it ..they have last more than the rear discs and pads.