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    Can you tighten the Handbrake in a 57 / 08 Vectra yourself, i seem to have a bit of Travel in mine. if not what type of cost will it be to rectify it?

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    Hi mate i had the same prob when it came to the mot in dec with to much travel i work for gilders so i have a full team off tec,s and we found that they adjust them self and i spoke to vauxhall about it and they told me if there is to much travel its either the rear pads are worn and ready for new ones or a streched hand brake cable but trust me mate u cannot adjust them i put new pads in my,n and it worked a treat i still have a bit to much travel not as bad as it was but it needs a new cable and that will sort it but it past mot so ive not bothered mate

    try new pads and bleed the system up as when u put the break,s on the rear pads clamp to the disks then u appy the hand break which locks it on so if u do change the pads make sure u pump the breaks and bleed the system then when u have appy the breaks then pull the hand break on and off a few times well about 20 times but keep ya foot flat down on the break peddle while doing it and it should be tighter if not new cable time if u did both u will be fine £10 rear pads and £15 for new cable and it comes as a kit

    sorry for going on just hard to exsplain

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    How much labour cost would be involved? any idea?

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    I replaced rear discs and pads today, hard to get the hand break wire back into place. Would it be easier to do it if I ask someone to put pressure on the break pedal when I'm pulling the wire into place?

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    A clarification: my hand break will be too tight if I force the wire into place, can someone explain to me how to reset the handbreak?

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    what cable have you taken off? you dont have to remove any cable just wind back the caliper

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    I know, but the piston was fully extended and I just couldn't rewind it with it mounted, so I removed the caplier to be able to put some more power with the pliers. (The piston was really stuck!)

    So here I am with a loose hand break cable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stryker99 View Post
    I know, but the piston was fully extended and I just couldn't rewind it with it mounted, so I removed the caplier to be able to put some more power with the pliers. (The piston was really stuck!)

    So here I am with a loose hand break cable...
    did you force it back? its a rewind only I see you say rewind but was just making sure, I would remove caliper and pads reconnect cable rewind piston and refit then try to adjust handbrake in normal way : pump pedal till hard then with finger on button pull lever a few times to take the slack

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    I took my centre arm rest out and the whole caboodle like drinks holder aswell. i found underneath that theres a white plastic thing and a huge spring with a rod through it that you can wind up. i wound it up and hey presto it tightened it. also the self adjust mec switch looked like it had been disconnected on mine...probably vauxhall after they did my clutch!!!

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