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Handbrake Adjustment

Fitted new discs a couple of weeks ago and the handbrake has got quite a bit more travel than it used to have. I wound the caliper as far back as it would go when i fitted the new discs and pads. There was a relatively large gap between the pads and the discs when i re-fitted the calipers and I assumed this slack would eventually be taken up. I pumped the brakes plenty of times after re-fitting before using the handbrake but the handbrake travel hasn't improved.

Have i done something wrong? Do i need to manually adjust the brakes? If so, how easy is it to do? Crawl under the car job or axle stands and calipers off?

As always, thanks in advance for any help and advice.
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Slacken the adjuster under the handbrake lever right off. Make sure the small lever on each rear calliper is back against its stop then stomp on the brake pedal 20 or 30 times. Tighten the adjuster under the handbrake lever again to about 3 or 4 clicks.
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Slacken the adjuster under the handbrake lever right off. Make sure the small lever on each rear calliper is back against its stop then stomp on the brake pedal 20 or 30 times. Tighten the adjuster under the handbrake lever again to about 3 or 4 clicks.
Cheers again Danny for the advice. Probably a bone question but engine on or off? Stomping? How violently do you need to do this or is it just a good hard press on the pedal? Does it need doing quickly or slowly or doesn't it matter?
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I am sure thats in all the technical workshop manuals HeHe

"stomp" on the brake pedal
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Engine on or off shouldn't matter and just press as hard as you can. When finished pull on handbrake and try and turn rear wheels with a wheel brace on a wheel bolt.
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Danny... many thanks again for all the advice. I'll give that a go. I can be quite heavy handed (or footed) and didn't want to damage anything!
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Engine on or off shouldn't matter and just press as hard as you can. When finished pull on handbrake and try and turn rear wheels with a wheel brace on a wheel bolt.
That is if wheels are up off the ground....obviously, also make sure wheels turn freely, or car rolls, when handbrake's off.

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Thanks everybody for all the advice. I have just adjusted it as described and the hand brake is working fine and the foot brake feels much more responsive.
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