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Re: How to Remove Interior Handbrake Cover to Adjust Cable?

Originally Posted by Trevor2522 View Post
I've done all that. Footbrake bites well one-third of the way down, which is correct. Also flushed and bled the brake fluid after 2 years to eliminate air/water issues. Sorry to inform you but steel handbrake cables do stretch with use over 6 years. Takes 4 clicks on the flat but at least 6 on an incline. Won't take much more stretch than that to become an MoT failure.

Four to six clicks is well within the accepted MOT standards. In my experince steel handbrake cables have usually lost the full extent of their stretch after a couple of years. I ran a Clio I for 18 years and never had to adjust the handbrake cables - once a year I cleaned the drums and manually adjusted the rear shoes although it took quite a number of goes just to get it right. There was little or no stretch left in the cables which made the handbrake very firm.
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