Hand Brake Adjustment made easy (15 mins)

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Hand Brake Adjustment made easy (15 mins)

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The thing I have been dreading doing (balancing my hand brake) has turned out to be incredibly easy with one simple unmodified tool so I thought I'd share the secret:
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An old torque wrench: all I had to do was jack one side up and set the handbrake to just above gentle biting, then fit the torque wrench to one of the wheel nuts like this with the wrench broadly lined up to the centre of the wheel as I could.
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simply note the reading for when the wheel begins to move, then drop the car, jack up the other side and do the same adjusting the nut on the handbrake inside untill its in balance (not that I cared what i was measuring in, just so long as it read the same:)
I got the idea from this post https://morrisminorowners.co.uk/viewtop ... eak#p37206" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and was going to try it but thought there must be an easier way.
Might not be new to anyone but thought I'd put it up.


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Good post and a good reason for keeping one of those old Torque wrenches around, you cant do that or tension belts with the click types.

Probably worth checking on all studs i.e. 4 times a wheel just in case there are tight spots. You don't want the slack spot one side to be a match for the tight spot the other side.

As I get older I appreciate ideas like that, the grab it with two hands and try and turn it till your red in the face isn't as appealing any more. I will try your way next time I do mine.

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Great idea. I've got one of those torque wrenches so will store this in the memory.


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