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    confused How much should a handbrake move?

    How much should a handbrake move when it is put on? What I mean is, how many clicks should it do before it is put on to a reasonable tension?

    Mine seems to move quite a way, and I have parked it on a hill in the past and the car has still moved slightly even when it has used up all the ratchet and hit the top.

    Any help would be apprecaited, as the car's going in on tuesday next week for a few other bits and bobs doing. I asked them if they'd take a quick look at it and see if it's ok, but they said that if they take a look and find no fault then they'll charge £38.50 investigation fee. Robbing gits.

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    i would have thought 6 or 7 clicks. sounds like the cable has stretched. too much movement is an mot failure so if it rolled with it all the way to the top..... I'd say there is a problem
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Paul, it should rise no more than about 4 clicks if working properly..any more and you start tucking it up under the centre armrest..it is only taking up minute amounts of travel, so the cables don't need to travel that far.. it may be the caliper needs to be reset by winding it back in again, then gently moving the piston forward to take up the 'coarse' freeplay, before letting the handbrake auto adjust and remove the 'fine' play... had to do a few of these now..

    call if there's a problem..

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    Just been out to try it, and it moves about 4 click before any resistance is felt, then another 3 or so until it feels firm. With a bit more effort it can go right to the top, which is 10 clicks.

    Think I'll see what they say on tuesday as it's been like it from new, and if they want to charge me then I'll tell them where to stuff it!

    You may be getting a call later next week Mark!

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    okay Paul..

    4 clicks is quite a bit of free play..and providing it holds on 3 then it's okay but still a lot of travel.. more than that and it's not good.. the reason you can still pull it up higher is what is called..'Reserve travel' and it has to have this..but pulling it deep into the reserve travel will only stretch the cables if you keep doing it....

    it may just want the rear calipers re-setting on the auto adjusters..it's not a hard job at all.. suggest it to them..

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    Thanks Mark,

    I'll suggest it to them then.
    I just tried it and on 5 clicks, if you stick your foot out of the door you can still move it, on 6 it won't move by the same foot out the door method!!

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    There seems to be more logical thinking in this forum than the entire vauxhall retailers put together, patent the foot out the door thing it might make you soem bucks!! haha

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    just changing the subject ever so slightly, when you guys are applying the handbrake do ya's hold the handbrake button in. I always do, as just pulling it up without depressing the button puts excessive wear on the cogs!!! A quick straw poll on this would be very interesting, I was taught not to by my driving instructor and i never have!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacarcher View Post
    How much should a handbrake move when it is put on? What I mean is, how many clicks should it do before it is put on to a reasonable tension?
    Most of the cars I use, it is applying at 2 and will hold the car at 3
    Once this increases to more than 5 then adjustment is definitely required

    The worst of them all has to be the Mk3 Mondeo
    One day you can have 3 clicks the following day you can pull it all the way up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRY2.2dti View Post
    just changing the subject ever so slightly, when you guys are applying the handbrake do ya's hold the handbrake button in. I always do, as just pulling it up without depressing the button puts excessive wear on the cogs!!! A quick straw poll on this would be very interesting, I was taught not to by my driving instructor and i never have!!!!!
    always, always pushed the button in..i learnt to drive on tractors aged about 6.. no option BUT to push the button in..

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