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Hello Everybody. My NCT test is coming soon and i was thinking of tightening my handbrake my self. It is working but not good enough. Does anybody know how to do it? Thank you
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Re: Alfa 156 Handbrake.

There is a nut under the handbrake lever gaiter. It should only pull up a few notches when adjusted properly ... don't over tighten or you may need some new cables ...

Check the rear pads/discs too.
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Re: Alfa 156 Handbrake.

I thought the 156 handbrake was self adjusting?
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Re: Alfa 156 Handbrake.

Gaaza's right - same on mine, had to loosen then retighten when doing pads.

Pain in the A** to adjustthough, not much access

Maybe it's just to get the setting right, then autoadjusts to pad wear after that? If so, could drift out of adjustment, maybe?
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Re: Alfa 156 Handbrake.

It is just that Burnsy, they are self adjusting, but only to keep the pads a set distance from the disk as they wear.

To set the handbrake.
You need to loosen the cable right off so that the arms on the rear calipers are not being pulled at all by the Handbrake cable, then with the engine running press the pedal as hard as you can a few times, then tighten the nut back up till the hand brake holds the car solid when lifted by about 4 clicks.

Note though that if a garage tells you you need disks and pads, it's always worth getting a second opinion unless you really trust the mechanics, D&Ps are a great money spinner for quiet places to boost thier profits as they are a simple job but get you scared by thinking the brakes are faulty and so jump into geting unnecesary work done.
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