Time to complete - 15-25 minutes
Difficulty - 2
- 12mm Spanner
- Car Jack
- Axle Stands
- Wheel Chocks (block of wood to position infront of the front wheels)
Step 1 - Figure out how much your handbrake needs adjusting. Pump the foot brake pedal a few times, this will make sure the clearance is correct between the braking elements. Then starting with the handbrake in the fully disengaged position, pull it up counting the number of clicks. It is best to pull it up slowly to get an accurate count. The acceptable click range is 8 - 12.
Step 2 - Chock the front wheels, then jack the rear of the car up so that the rear wheels are off of the ground. Position the axle stands in a safe position under the car and lower the car onto them.
Step 3 - Fully disengage the handbrake, then pull it up 1 click.
Step 4 - Remove the rear ashtray from the centre console. To do this simply pull it out. Once out it should reveal the handbrake adjusting nut. As shown below.
Step 5 - Take the 12mm spanner and adjust the nut until only a very slight resistence to movement can be felt when turning the back wheels by hand. If you had lower than 8 clicks in the step 1 test then turn the nut anticlockwise, if you had higher than 12 clicks turn the nut clockwise.
Step 6 - Once adjusted, fully disengage the handbrake and make sure that the wheels still spin freely. Then (from fully disengaged) pull the handbrake up again counting the clicks till fully engaged. As a ball park position, this is my handbrake fully engaged at 9 clicks.
Step 7 - On completing the adjustment, refit the ashtray (it just pushes back in) and remove the axle stands. Then lower the car back to the ground.