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    Default Hand Brake Needs Tightend

    HI.
    I have a 2003 vectra c 1.8. I am just wondering what the best method to adjust my hand brake would be. I need to make it tighter.

    I know the handbrake is a self adjusting one however the cable seems to be to slack and even when i reset the adjuster inside the car, it goes right back.

    What is the simplest way to tighten the handbrake cable??

    Please help as i have my MOT very soon

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    Tie a knot in it or replace the cable

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    ^^^^^^ what said, need to replace it when its stretched that much.

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    Urm, I could pull the cables at each of the wheels a bit tighter perhaps??

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    new cable is about £40 and an hour n halfs work on a pair of stands
    Midlands Mod Shop - NFFC.

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    There must be some way to tighten the cable. cant need replacing straight away.

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    Have you checked rear calipers are working properly

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    Self adjusting, and you've reset the adjuster. I'm afraid it's new cable time

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    I actually feared it would get loose after fitting new brakes (used 314/292 mm calipers, brand new discs and pads), but it actually self-tightened over time.

    Try to pull the handbrake level like crazy, and next time it should get just as tight, pulling it a bit less far.

    If it doesn't, then you'll have to change the whole set, unfortunately.

    There was also a topic about adjusting or resetting the mecanism here, maybe it could help you :

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ndbrake-adjust

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