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LScorsa
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Registered: 31st Oct 02
Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I fitted new pads, disks, shoes about 4 months ago as well as new hand brake cable. Since then there is excessive pedal travel. Also i have to adjust the hand brake cable all the time cos when i pull it on it goes right up and dosent hold. Once its all ajusted its ok for few days then back to being nothing there. Anyone have any ideas whats up with it.
Thanks
Mark
OFcorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

pedal travel will be due tomy be low break fluid or a knackered rear drum!
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

There is fluid in ive checked. I will put new drums on then. Thanks OFcorsa.
Any views on handbrake??
Blazer
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

have u tried bleeding the brake pipes?
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

No will have ago at that later. Is it hard to do?
OFcorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

No! If the pedal feels sponge it could be air and bleeding the brake pipe removes the air! No idea about the handbrake!
corsaon18s
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22nd Jul 03 at 13:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

your rear brake shoes could be nackered, or the auto adjustment mechanism may have gone, bleeding is a two man job unless you have an easy bleed kit from halfords. cos someone has o pump the breaks while the other checks for bubbles and new clean fluid. If none of those help, it may mean the master cylinder vacuum has gone so you need to take your motor to vauxhall for them to have a look. but hopefully its one of the first things.
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks corsaon18s.
Shoes were new not long ago but it could be the self adjusting thing, how will i know if its that which has gone before i buy new one?
corsaon18s
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

take it to quick fit or national tyres, they provide a full brake check and its usually free. the law says you must have effective brakes, so they shouldnt charge you for it.
Kris TD
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

its probably the clip which holds the ratchet on the adjuster in the rear drums, this is what happened on mine, basically the pedal travelled to the floor cos the rear brakes never adjusted and the handbrake wouldnt hold the car. replaced the broken clips about 8p each from vaux and solved it all instantly.
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Kris that sounds like mine, is it on that bar that goes across the top half of shoes?
Kris TD
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

give me a couple of minutes ill find a pic
Kris TD
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok, my scanners not working, if u have the haynes manual then the arrow on diagram 5.17 on page 9.6 this is the things i replaced (the star washer)
Kris TD
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

part of the adjuster goes into this and the star washer/clip thingy holds it in.
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Cheers Kris i will pop and get some. Thanks for your help, hope this works.
Mark
Kris TD
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22nd Jul 03 at 14:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

no worries.
LScorsa
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22nd Jul 03 at 18:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks Kris ive just fitted them washer type things and it seems to of done the trick. Thanks again.

 
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