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Join Date: Jul 2005
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Re: Rear Caliper Repair Kits?
The handbrakes on these cars are crap at the best of times but I would do a quick check first to confirm the cables haven't seized/corroded inside the sleeve. You can do this by releasing the tension on the handbrake (if you look along the underside of the lever you will see a nut at the base which you simply just fully loosen off), then you will be able to unclip the cables from the calipers. If you look at the calipers it is fairly obvious how the cables come off. If you still get binding brakes with no cables attached then you know it's definitely the calipers, otherwise it will be seized cables.
If the pistons are seized then it's not a huge job to get the pistons out and clean off any corrosion but easier done on the bench if you have the time. Repair kits are available from the dealer or a good motor factors. If you can't be bothered doing it yourself then there are companies who will do an exchange service on your calipers so you can simply just swap them over for ones that have already been refurbished.