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Megane Parking / Hand Brake Cable Problem

On Friday, my handbrake decided it would barely hold the car - the lever suddenly felt really loose so I assumed that the cable had snapped on one side. The brake was just about holding the car right at the end of the physical travel of the lever, so I thought I'd get it sorted out after the weekend as I had a wedding to attend to.

On Saturday, the handbrake totally let go - the lever was loose and had absolutely no effect on holding the car. I though it was a bit strange for both cables to snap suddenly, so I pulled the ends of the cables at both calipers and sure enough they felt like they had snapped in the middle.

I opened the cover by the armrest to expose the adjusting nut and realised that the cables were still intact, but had somehow worked themselves free from the "yoke" that both cables are attached to.

I put the cables back into place and the handbrakes worked fine today, but after a couple of uses, the near side cable has come out again. I'm assuming I need to replace the adjusting mechanism, although I have a feeling that Renault will be keen to sell the whole handbrake mechanism.

Has anyone else experienced this? Can these parts be bought separately?

On a side note, the near side cable seems to be a little shorter so the adjusting mechanism / yoke is not 90 degrees to the adjusting rod. Is this normal, or is this the reason for the cable slipping out on the near side? There is a bit of slack on the adjusting rod when the handbrake is fully off.
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