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    Hi ive just had my car in for the mot and its failed on the hand break having to much travel ive just put some new rear pads into as i was told it would tightern the hand break up but its not its the only thing thats stopping the car passing the mot as anyone got any ideas can u adjust it yourself i know it does adjust on it own but stuck with it now

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    Try this,

    As far as I have learned it is self adjusting this explains how others carry that process out.

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ake+adjustment

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    When you put the new pads in did you press the footbrake pedel first?? As in doing so it will take up the "slack" in the pads after refitting. If you pull the handbrake lever first it will take up the slack instead, and may loose the "auto" adjustment on the handbrake.

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    Yes when i changed the rear pads i pumped the break peddle first the applyed the hand break about 10 times and still not worked still seems quit high can u adjust the cable or is there any thing to adjust the hand break cable slack

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    Handbrake is self adjusting so if you have already done the adjusting procedure you have a few options

    try the adjusting procedure again

    handbrake cable could have stretched - replace

    handbrake self adjuster slipping - replace handbrake assembly (expensive)

    Good luck

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    Just an update I've just had a letter from vaxhall for a recall on the hand break does any one know off this it says in the letter that all vectra and sigm,s have a fault on the handbreak so if u have one from 2002 and up wards and are having a problem with the handbreak give vaxhall a ring u may find that there is a problem and they will sort it this is new to me so if anyone has already done this with the recall let me know what your out come was as I've only just got a letter today so I'm only saying what it says on the letter guys

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    Hope this helps you all that may have any problems with your handbreak

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    The recall replaces a spring so your handbrake doesnt come off on its own - i'd get it done and see if the mechanic can suggest a way of adjusting the handbrake

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0114NIGEL0114 View Post
    Just an update I've just had a letter from vaxhall for a recall on the hand break does any one know off this it says in the letter that all vectra and sigm,s have a fault on the handbreak so if u have one from 2002 and up wards and are having a problem with the handbreak give vaxhall a ring u may find that there is a problem and they will sort it this is new to me so if anyone has already done this with the recall let me know what your out come was as I've only just got a letter today so I'm only saying what it says on the letter guys
    Search for "handbrake recall" on here. Already a couple of threads on it plus loads from when it was first discovered. Its about it releasing itself, nothing to do with adjustment etc.

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=124085
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