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Clio handbrake jammed on.


Went to pull away today in my 2002 Clio Expression and found that the handbrake would not release on one of the wheels. Is this common and what is the likely reason? I won't be able to strip it untill the weekend, but any info on how best to fix it and of what parts might be required will be a great help. Cheers!

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Re: Clio handbrake jammed on.

Has car been standing idle for a long time?

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Re: Clio handbrake jammed on.

Try reversing the car, don't go mad just a few little jerks
a lining could have come off a shoe.

Who would design a vehicle that falls over when you stop?

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Re: Clio handbrake jammed on.

The handbrake seizing on normally happens when the car is left standing with the handbrake engaged for a length of time, it can seize on overnight in damp wintery conditions. As mentioned moving the car backwards in reverse normally jumps the brakes off.

It's advisable not to leave the car parked up for any long period of time with the handbrake applied.

Personally I never park my car up with the handbrake applied, I park the car and then engage 1st or reverse gear and turn the wheels slightly towards the kerb. (You should leave the car in gear with wheels turned towards the kerb when parked as a matter of course, just in case the handbrake were to fail whilst parked!)

The cause of a seized handbrake can be lots of things, failing handbrake cables, corrosion on the back plate where the shoes contact it, weak / broken or missing springs.

If stripping the brakes clean up the back plate paying attention to the areas where the shoes make contact and put a smear of anti seize paste on the contact areas to stop corrosion.

Check the handbrake cables are free and can be pulled to the off position easily without a lot of resistance.

If the return springs are old and rusty they have probably lost their "springyness" and should be replaced. Brake fitting kits containing all the replacement springs are available from a lot of motor factor outlets these days.


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Re: Clio handbrake jammed on.

Clio rear brkes with drums are notorious for the linings delaminating - quite a common problem. It can even occur without any showing any outward noticable signs. When this occurs it can be difficult to get the drum off and you need a two-legged puller to help. I have even come across one scenario where it was necessary to destroy the drum for removal. You may be lucky enough to get away with replacing the shoes and cleaning the drum with emery. The metal of the drum is porous and tend to gather damp making the problem worse. This can be overcome by heating the drum gently with an hot air gun but keep the heat away form the central wheel bearing and oil seal.
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