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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.