Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

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Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by brillo21 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:05 pm

Hi I know this has been partially covered but everyone seems to manage to move the adjuster eventually, however while replacing the handbrake cables, I fitted them (pain in the a** job) and adjusted the offside handbrake shoes tight then backed off ALL OK, came to the nearside cable fitted then adjusted the handbrake shoes tight and the adjuster has jammed so cant be backed off, all adjusters were dis assembled and copper greased and were moving freely, I am now stuck with the nearside rear wheel handbrake jammed on I have bent two screwdrivers to 90 deg trying to move te adjuster wheel and just can not get it to move, handbrake cables are all free moving with no tension on them.

Has anyone got any Idea's I am at a loss

Thanks in advance

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Marc

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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by steve_earwig » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:14 pm

I've been there, on my D8 when I was first here. I was trying to drive it to get some movement into it, eventually in panic mode (I knew almost no-one here) I almost ran myself over (sloped driveway), at which point I asked for help. 2 mechanics turned up, called me an idiot and wrenched the disk off with 2 crowbars. It needed backplates after that...

Is it at all possible to drill out the shoe retaining pins? Not sure how much movement that would give you tho.
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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by GingerMagic » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:35 pm

I think it's possible to push the whole adjuster sideways towards the centre of the hub via the inspection hole.
I believe I may* have done this while blindly aiming for the adjustment cog.....
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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by jasper5 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:18 pm

Apart from trying to use something stronger than a screwdriver and using a hammer on the adjuster, take out the screws holding the disc onto the hub then through a wheel bolt hole use a punch or something on the handbrake shoe metal frame and knock it backwards towards the backplate and or use something under the disc where it fits onto the hub to pressure it into lifting.
I know it sounds silly, but you are sure you are trying to turn the wheel in the correct direction?

If all else fails then try heat onto the adjuster or in a desperate situation, use an angle grinder and slice the brake disc down the middle...yes, been there, done that on some cars!!

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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by brillo21 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:46 pm

Thank you all for the replies, I have resorted to making a larger hole in the disc where the adjustment hole is, for some reason the adjuster is just solid, cant understand why as it was all cleaned and covered in copper slip on all moving parts inc the thread, eventually gave in and drilled through the adjuster (2.5 Hours) going up a drill size at a time, so now the disc is off, I have been round all the motor factors this morning to get a replacement and they all come up with the adjusters for the 406 with rear drum brakes for some reason and they dont list any other type for the 406

Has anyone got a handbrake adjuster laying around in their tool box that I could purchase to clarify its the one with a threaded bar with a slot in the end for the handbrake shoe

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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by brillo21 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:59 pm

Ok guys, just in case anyone has the same problem as I have had, the adjuster in the picture is no longer available from the peugeot dealer as apparently it is a discontinued part.

However it is manufactured by ATE and after some searching it is also fitted to other vehicles from new supplied by ATE as OE I have purchased one from BMW Direct Part Number 34416851437 which fortunately is not discontinued.

Hope the info may help someone else out

Thanks for all the replies

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Marc

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Re: Rear handbrake adjuster jammed full on (cant move Car)

Post by GingerMagic » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:32 pm

Hi Marc, thanks for that tip - it's one to remember 8)
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