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#1 rockhopper

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 01:52 PM

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Hi all,

my 93 brat has just failed it's MOT test on a RHS parking brake not working. got the thing home and had a look, the cable part is fine, but the lever arm is going right back to the stop [cable fixing point], yet you can still turn the disk by hand!, I have done some searching around but all I can find is posts on parking brakes binding, and non on the brakes not working



help please

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 01:56 PM

I would recommend taking the caliper off and seeing if the mechanism in/on the caliper is working properly, and the cable is actually working properly on the brat.

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 02:03 PM

Welcome to the board. A 93 Brat - what year did they stop making Brats in the foreign market? - Since I don't know anything about Brats after 1986, I would have to suggest you look for an adjustment devise connected to the cable. If I understand the problem correctly, you failed because the parking brake on't hold the car and it needs to be adjusted/ tightened up. Try popping the console and looking for an adjuster there. Wish I knew about (and had access to) newer Brats.

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 02:04 PM

I would recommend taking the caliper off and seeing if the mechanism in/on the caliper is working properly, and the cable is actually working properly on the brat.


yup, I reckon the caliper off is my next step......

the cable mechanism up to the caliper is fine, I think it may be the lever arm on the caliper that is causing the problem, but I am not sure how so far

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 06:20 PM

Does the car pull to one side when you apply the brakes?

#6 rockhopper

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 03:33 AM

Welcome to the board. A 93 Brat - what year did they stop making Brats in the foreign market? - Since I don't know anything about Brats after 1986, I would have to suggest you look for an adjustment devise connected to the cable. If I understand the problem correctly, you failed because the parking brake on't hold the car and it needs to be adjusted/ tightened up. Try popping the console and looking for an adjuster there. Wish I knew about (and had access to) newer Brats.


they stopped build on the brats in 89 i think, mine was registered in 93, so I assume it was sat around in a storage facility for a few year in the gap.

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Posted 09 December 2004 - 03:41 AM

Does the car pull to one side when you apply the brakes?


nah I thought of that, but the main brakes are fine:confused:. I am gonna drop the caliper later today and have a stare at it,

according to the haynes manual the mechanism contains a part [in the caliper] called a connecting link [looks to me like some sort of spacer]----- I am wondering if this has somehow fallen out or not been refitted after somebody has swapped the pads or sommat??


cheers for the help so far

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 07:13 PM

Fixed the brake problem, handbrake caliper mechanism siezed £££, never mind £60 later and an exchange caliper fitted we have brakes again:)


cheers for the help chaps:)




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