Handbrake cable replacement [AUTODOC TUTORIAL]

How to change hand brake cable on a car – replacement tutorial
You may need the following:
a set of suitable tools
all-purpose cleaning spray
wire brush
WD-40 spray
a set of plastic trim removal tools
a drum brake repair toolkit
Please note!
  • The handbrake mechanism helps to hold the vehicle in place when it’s parked
  • The handbrake cables transmit the force from the handbrake lever in the passenger compartment to the wheel brake mechanisms
  • It is recommended to change all cables at once because they have approximately the same lifespan
  • Look at the design and location of the handbrake cables
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    How to change Hand brake Cable - free PDF and video manuals
    The fasteners connecting the cables to the handbrake lever in the passenger compartment are located under the centre console or below it on the underside of the car
  2. 2.
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    Remove the centre console
  3. 3.
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    Loosen the tension of the cables
  4. 4.
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    Remove the rear wheels
    The handbrake can use the following types of wheel brake mechanisms
    Rear calipers with the integrated handbrake componentsBrake shoes that are housed inside a drum or disc
  5. 5.
    How to remove Hand brake cable - online easy-to-follow instructions
    In the first case, simply disconnect the cables from the cable brackets on the calipers
  6. 6.
    How to replace Parking brake cable: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    For the second type, you need to remove the calipers, caliper brackets, and brake discs or drums
    The brake drum or disc might be difficult to remove;
    either because its surface is stuck to the hub or other mounting seator because the handbrake shoes are holding it in place
  7. 7.
    How hard is it to do yourself: Brake cable replacement - download illustrated guide
    In the second case, loosen the brake shoe adjuster
  8. 8.
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    The adjuster gear can be accessed via the wheel bolt hole or the hole in the hub
  9. 9.
    Changing of Parking brake cable won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    The adjuster access hole may be located in the brake backing plate. In this case, the adjustment is carried out from the back of the plate
    If the adjuster is stuck and the drum or disc is difficult to remove, a special tool will be required
  10. 10.
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    You can tap the brake drum with a hammer to make disassembly easier or screw bolts into its service holes, if there are any
  11. 11.
    Replacing Emergency brake cable on your car by yourself
    Check the condition of the brake adjuster, the adjuster mechanism, the springs of the brake shoes, and the drum or disc. Replace them where necessary
  12. 12.
    Hand brake cable DIY replacement workshop manual
    Access the cable fasteners; depending on the design, it may be necessary to remove the shoes first
  13. 13.
    How to change Parking brake cable on your car - tips and tricks
    Note the position of all the elements and observe their design features
  14. 14.
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    Proceed in sequence, first on one side of the axle, then on the other
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