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Join Date: Jun 2011
To change the handbrake cables.
1. Either disconnect the battery or leave the key out of the ignition for at least 10mins as you will be disconnecting the air bags
2. Undo the bolts that hold down the rear of the front seats through the slide rail. Some seat just clip in at the front and some are bolted.
3. Then disconnect the electrical connectors under both seat.
4. Either tip the seats forward or remove them from the car, dont forget to undo the seat belt, to give you access to the bolts that hold in the centre consol, 10mm heads I think. These are located on the side by the seat belt clip under the plastic covers.
5. Now remove the trim around the gear lever. There are another two bolts vertically that holdthe centre consol to the dash.
6. Remove the gaitor from around the handbrke lever.
7. If you now open the arm rest consol to the larger section there is all little rubber mat at the top closest to the driver. Remove this to gain access to a little plastic flap. Pop this up and look down and you will see the hand brake adjuster, slacken this off so that you can pull the hand brake all the way up.
8. Remove the vents and other trim below in the back of the centre consol for the rear passengers.
9. The centre consol should now pull up and out. Go carefull checking for electrical connectors for the 12v lighter socket etc that you can now dissconnect.
10. Remove the lower part of the rear seat.
11. Remove the sill trim from around the bottom of both rear doors. Don't think you can do this with out removing the rear seat but I could be wrong.
12. Loosen off the trim around the base of the 'B' pillar.
13. You should now be able to remove the rear carpet.
14. Undo and remove the clamps that hold down the cables on the tunnel, then remove the ends from the hand brake lever.
15. Now the dirty bit.
16. Jack the rear of the car up, place on stands and remove the rear wheels.
17. With the rear of the car on stands if you look under the car in front of the rear wheels you'll see plastic covers over the suspension arm. Remove the plastic 10mm nuts, this is the same on the other side.
18. Push out the rubber grommets with the hand brake cables inside where they go through the body just under the rear seat.
19. Disconnect the two bracket that hold the cable to the rear arm.
20. Remove the cable from the rear brake caliper. Once you have done this on both side thats it for removal.
21. Just remember when you come to fit the new ones that one of the new cables has a heat shield on it to protect it from the exhaust.
22. Fitting is the same as above but in reverse order.
It sounds a big job and it will take around two hours plus, depending on your spanner skills.
Make sure you give the brake a good 10-20 presses once its all back together before you adjust the cable.
" full works
60mm Core Full size RS500 FMIC
AEM W/M Injection
Koni struts / Novitec springs
Grooved & Dimpled discs and pads
19" Prodrive wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Halo's HID's & LED's
Hub dyno'd at well over 500lbft
at the wheels !
and that's limited.
Thats over 750 Nm for you figure fiddlers