The dreaded handbrake

THL Oct 3, 2019

  1. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    TBH I just keep forgetting to have a look. I've been at this handbrake thing for best part of 20 years and I don't think I've ever actually got around to simply looking to see if it could be done. Pretty dumb.
     
  2. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    And the rubber stops?
     
  3. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    What rubber stops?
     
  4. iwan_t24

    iwan_t24 Well-Known Member I am in wales

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    With a good handbrake... the rubber stops turning!:lol:
     
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  5. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    What is the purpose of those adjustable rubber stops behind the back plate? Are they to relax the cable? Mine have never seated from new.
     
  6. Shayne

    Shayne Well-Known Member Guru

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    In my view most rear brakes are so crap the disk is likely as old as the dog bone so part of that dog bone 5mm is to account for wear in the drum , a standard dogbone + new disk and your back to spec when the truck was new .

    That principal applied to both my 90's and and i have never given the handbrakes on them a moments thought since .
     
  7. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Oh those! If they've never touched Frank then clearly you've not been following the thread on how to adjust it correctly. They take up the slack in the mechanism inside the drum - not the cable to the lever.
     
  8. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    To enable the cable from the handbrake lever to relax. Got it.
     
  9. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    No Frank, that's not it at all. It doesn't have any bearing on the handbrake cable really. You're looking at it from the wrong direction. It controls the 'backlash' if we can call it that in the drum mechanism. Once that is all taken up, you only need the slightest movement in the cable from the lever to apply the brake. You can have slack or no slack at that point because the movement needed to apply the shoes to the inside of the drum is minimal. What you don't want is movement in the lever taking up slop in the drum. Adjusting the little rubber ended screws and the cog wheel leaves the lever and cable only needing to apply a small movement to apply the handbrake
     
  10. frank rabbets

    frank rabbets Well-Known Member

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    Ah. Thanks Chris. Never had a problem so haven't stripped and learn how it works. I'll do a strip as a precaution.
     
  11. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    THL Active Member I am in europe

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