Loving my red
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Yes the handbrake could be adjusted properly once the calipers were returning to the "off" position properly when they're released.
There is a proper Alfa handbrake adjustment procedure. If I remember correctly you have to completely remove the cables from the calipers and then apply the foot brake very hard several times. Then re-connect handbrake cables and tighten handbrake adjustment until handbrake is fully on in 3,4,5 clicks (can't remember how many).
In any case you should be able to spin a raised wheel freely when the handbrake is off, but be able to lock the rear wheels (or at least feel a definite sudden slowing down) if you firmly pull the handbrake when you're going along (in a very safe place of course).
Just be careful not to press the brakes VERY hard with the engine running. I did and I burst a brake pipe! To be honest its probably better I found I had a heavily corroded brake pipe at 0 mph on the driveway rather than in an emergency. Be careful though. I'd press the brakes very hard with the engine off - no servo assistance that way.
The springs sorted the adjustment problem though and the car passed its MOT (once they'd fitted a new brake pipe).