80 Handbrake

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Hi all
Yes I'm back so suppress the groans please :)
Having got my cruiser back yesterday sans MOT it went in today and, as I
fully expected it failed on the handbrake. Entirely my fault because I've
been meaning to do this job all year; I usually MOT one month prior to the
previous one's expiry so if it is going to fail on anything have a month to
sort it. Because of the recent engine troubles that option wasn't there this
time.
Now this is the first time EVER that my cruiser has failed an MOT! Typical
that it happens when I have no leeway by way of the months grace!!!!!!
Anyway, water under the bridge.
I know that a line-by-line explanation of how to sort the handbrake has been
posted here but I'm damned if I can find it now that I need it. Could some
kind soul repost the instructions (the more idiot-proof the better!) or
email them to me please?
Julian----- I don't suppose you have any time available to do this work for
me do you???
Thanks a lot.
Pete
 
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Part two.
Here's the deal. It failed the MOT on the handbrake efficiency. The minimum
standard is 16% and it tested at 14% so it's not missing by a lot!
Does anyone know a surefire way of temporarily increasing the efficiency
just so I can get it retested and passed, this would then give me 12 months
to get it properly sorted.
After all, it's not as though it's a major roadworthiness problem so if I
can bodge it, but with the certainty of getting it through the test then I'm
happy to do that.
Any tips anyone?
Pete
 
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Pete
Mine also failed on handbrake efficiency - 15%!
Renate
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]]On
Behalf Of Peter Browning
Sent: 30 August 2007 16:38
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: RE: [ELCO] 80 Handbrake
Part two.
Here's the deal. It failed the MOT on the handbrake efficiency. The
minimum standard is 16% and it tested at 14% so it's not missing by a lot!
Does anyone know a surefire way of temporarily increasing the efficiency
just so I can get it retested and passed, this would then give me 12 months
to get it properly sorted.
After all, it's not as though it's a major roadworthiness problem so if I
can bodge it, but with the certainty of getting it through the test then I'm
happy to do that.
Any tips anyone?
Pete
 
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That's even more of a pi than mine was Renate. Painful isn't it?
Well everyone, I've packed the adjuster at the lever end with a big handful
of washers and then cranked the adjuster nut right down. The lever now pulls
firm at 6 / 7 clicks and actually holds the cruiser easily on the road
outside my house which is quite steep. So I reckon I'm just going to put it
through the retest as it now is and see what happens; worst comes to worst
I've lost an MOT fee.
Anyone got any other tips?
Pete
 
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Pete
It sounds oh-so-complicated for a novice such as I. I took it in earlier
last week when I thought I'd have had enough in my bank account, but on this
occasion, it wasn't enough - it wasn't supposed to go to MOT until
tomorrow...I thought I was doing the really good thing - how wrong I was!
Renate
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]]On
Behalf Of Peter Browning
Sent: 30 August 2007 17:46
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: [ELCO] 80 Handbrake
That's even more of a pi than mine was Renate. Painful isn't it?
Well everyone, I've packed the adjuster at the lever end with a big
handful of washers and then cranked the adjuster nut right down. The lever
now pulls firm at 6 / 7 clicks and actually holds the cruiser easily on the
road outside my house which is quite steep. So I reckon I'm just going to
put it through the retest as it now is and see what happens; worst comes to
worst I've lost an MOT fee.
Anyone got any other tips?
Pete
 
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Hi Guys
Mine also failed on the handbrake issue not so long ago.
Maybe its a bit different in the UK but not only did the handbrake have to be up to a certain percentage but it had to also be correctly balanced to both wheels.
I tried with the adjusting bit and new shoes and still no use.
It came down to having to replace the complete cable.
Milners do the cable and it cured the whole problem.
Maybe the cable not only seizes and rusts but may also stretch out of shape after so many years on the underside of the cruiser.
Again I dont know for sure but if a new cable cured my problem that no amount of adjusting could do maybe im right.
cheers
john 92HDJ 80 1HDt
 
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It most certainly feels a lot, lot better now. Previously it felt as though
I'd have to rip the handbrake lever out to get any action whereas now 7
clicks and it feels very firm.
I think I'll go with it as it is and see what happens
Pete
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]] On
Behalf Of Denis Decoster
Sent: 30 August 2007 17:14
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: Re: [ELCO] 80 Handbrake
If you've adjusted it and could feel the difference then you're good to go.
Sometimes the cable is seized, which makes a fix more painful : i.e. you
have to unseize the cable (at leat partially) or change it. If you go in the
mud a lot, the drum housings can get packed with mud which wears the brakes
shoes out pretty fast, which can be another cause of poor handbrake
performance, along with a dragging/seize mechanism if you don't use it
often.
denis
 
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Well the guys this time I might be ables to have you some real help, I
have a big tip for you.
Here is the big tip. Well you know you have some used brake fluid
sitting there on you work surface. You can not any more put it in the
drain pipe or put in on with you old oil. And you know thet it kills
cats and the work inspector guy will kill you if you put it in not
safe bottles for sterile recycle.
So guess what thet brake fluid work great for unliberating gripped
cables! TRy it for gearbox shitter cables or brake cables! It does
work fine to soke these cables for days untill they are liberated.
 
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