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PT Handbrake 10 years 1 month ago #67194

G\'day

I have a 05 GT. (manual)

For some years now i have had problems with my handbrake, or lack of.

Each service I ask them to adjust it. They say it\'s self adjusting (in which I have confirmed) not much can be done, but they are able to tweak it a little to get it to grab.

My driveway has a slope in which I would not call excessive (actually not even that bad). but my handbrake does not like it after time.

Does anybody have a similar problem?

If so, what have you done to overcome this?

My only thoughts are, is that the cables have stretched & may only be fixed by replacing with new cables?????
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Re:PT Handbrake 10 years 1 month ago #67196

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Do not have a problem with any of ours . I would consider changing mechanics and find someone who knows what they are doing,just a thought
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Re:PT Handbrake 10 years 1 month ago #67198

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My handbrake failed earlier this year, no warning, parked her in one spot only to find her in another...no she was not in gear... :blink: from memory it was the internal ratchet? anyways they replaced the whole unit...not a cheap fix..$180ish for handbrake plus install...
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Re:PT Handbrake 10 years 1 month ago #67259

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I found this for you (for PTs with rear disk brakes)

\"1) Verify the parking brake lever is in the released position.
2) Raise the vehicle.
3) Remove the rubber plug from the adjusting hole in the disc brake caliper adapter.
4) Adjust the parking brake cables. Use the first bullet point for the adjustment of the left side parking brake shoes. Use the second bullet point for the adjustment of the right side parking brake shoes.
Insert a medium size screwdriver through the adjustment hole in the left backing plate. Position the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster. Using the screwdriver, rotate the star wheel downward until a slight drag is noticed when turning the rear tire and wheel assembly. Then, using the screwdriver, slowly rotate the star wheel upward, backing off the adjuster, just enough to allow the rear tire and wheel assembly to rotate without the parking brake shoes dragging. Do not back off the adjuster star wheel more than two clicks past the point of no drag. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now set.
Insert a medium size screwdriver through the adjustment hole in the right backing plate. Position the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster. Using the screwdriver, rotate the star wheel upward until a slight drag is noticed when turning the rear tire and wheel assembly. Then, using the screwdriver, slowly rotate the star wheel downward, backing off the adjuster, just enough to allow the rear tire and wheel assembly to rotate without the parking brake shoes dragging. Do not back off the adjuster star wheel more than two clicks past the point of no drag. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now set.
5) Install the rubber plug in the adjusting holes of the disc brake caliper adapter.
6) Lower the vehicle until the rear tires are just clearing the floor.
7) Reach inside the vehicle and fully apply and release the park brakes two times after adjusting the parking brake shoes.
8) With the parking brake lever in the fully applied position, attempt to hand rotate each rear tire and wheel assembly to ensure that the parking brake shoes are working.
9) With the parking brake lever in the released position, hand rotate each rear tire and wheel assembly to ensure that the parking brake shoes are not dragging.


There are no pictures in the manual for this so you\'ll have to go by what you see under the car when doing it.
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Re:PT Handbrake 10 years 2 weeks ago #67540

Thanks Don
I have seen this exact procedure before on the net.

I took it to a brake speacialist & got them to have a go at an adjustment. They adjusted the star wheel as much as they could witout it binding but when I got home, it had,nt had any affect at all.

The only option I have is to show them this exact procedure & see if it make a difference.

This is really annoying as I am concerned I am going to find the car in the neighbours front yard.
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