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Recently, the handbrake had been becoming harder and harder to apply, with the car still creeping unless you yanked the lever all the way up. Some of you may have seen the photo I posted the other day in the "What made you unhappy" thread of what eventually happened - if not, here it is again anyway.

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I had a look on here and found the 'how to' thread. Armed with this wealth of information and buoyed with confidence, I set about the task but in the end I couldn't get any improvement, had to concede defeat and take the car to the 'doctor'.

It turned out that one of the rear cables had completely seized and the other wasn't far behind. Also, in my efforts to get the brake to hold by pulling hard on the lever, and clearly not knowing my own strength, I had succeeded in ripping the brake cable guide eyelet clean out of the subframe, 😮 .

Two new cables, a specialist welder to reattach the eyelet, and my wallet lighter to the tune of £425 later, I now have a handbrake that holds on the 3rd click. Yeah!

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Recently, the handbrake had been becoming harder and harder to apply, with the car still creeping unless you yanked the lever all the way up. Some of you may have seen the photo I posted the other day

Yikes, looks like "lubricate handbrake cables" needs to be added to service list!

Big shout out to @EuropaSman , who having spotted my 'disaster' above, PM'd me to offer a genuine OE gaiter at a bargain-basement price with first class postage included,  . Not only that but the

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Big shout out to @EuropaSman , who having spotted my 'disaster' above, PM'd me to offer a genuine OE gaiter at a bargain-basement price with first class postage included, :thumbsup: .

Not only that but there was also a gaiter for the gear lever in the pack, and they both have an inset Oyster stripe so will look even better than the all-black ones currently in my car - every cloud and all that!

All I have to do now is work out how to fit the bloomin' things without destroying the surrounding metal trim, :rolleyes: . Looking at the exploded diagram in DeRoure, it would appear to be held in with simple spring clips so here's hoping.

 

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