850 Hand brake adjustment

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by Alistair Ross, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. My car has failed the MOT because of too much travel on the hand brake. I'm
    going to fit new rear brake pads, are there any other adjustments I should
    make to the hand brake cable etc

    Alistair Ross, Apr 22, 2004
  2. Alistair Ross

    Bonnet Lock Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    Assuming that the 850 is the same as the S/V70, fitting new rear pads will
    make no difference!

    The rear brakes are a combined disc/drum affair - with the handbrake being
    provided by the drum part.

    You can adjust the drum brakes by turning the disc/drum (with the car jacked
    up and the wheel off, and the handbrake lever OFF) until the adjustment hole
    lines up with the adjuster, and then using a screwdriver through the hole.
    The Haynes book for my V70 says to tighten it until you can't turn the disc,
    and then back it off by 4 or 5 notches. It also says to drive for about 400
    metres with the handbrake on by a few notches *before* starting the
    adjustment - to clear any accummulated crud (my word) off the drums.

    With shoes correctly adjusted, the handbrake should come on fully in between
    3 and clicks on the handbrake lever ratchet. It it takes more clicks, the
    cables need to be adjusted. The adjusters are under the centre console
    armrest (just behind the lever) - on the V70 anyway, requiring the lid to be
    opened and the internals to be removed.

    Bonnet Lock, Apr 22, 2004
  3. Alistair Ross

    David Taylor Guest

    Ironically, since a car that fails on brakes should be retested, surely
    it would have been cheaper to let the MOT station adjust them for a
    tenner or so rather than take the car away to pay the full retest fee?

    (Unless the centre is feeling charitable?)

    David Taylor, Apr 22, 2004
  4. I asked the same question, but they assured me it was beyond their
    capabilities. They were however happy to sell me a new tyre. Thanks to
    'Bonnet Lock' I shall have a go myself.

    Alistair Ross, Apr 22, 2004
  5. Alistair Ross

    David Taylor Guest

    I asked the same question, but they assured me it was beyond their
    So lets see...they need to remove the wheel to replace a tyre and that's
    all you need to do in order to poke a screwdriver in to flip up the
    ratchet to adjust the brake.

    Oh boy!

    Do they check oil too but then suggest you go elsewhere to get some put
    in? :)

    David Taylor, Apr 22, 2004
  6. This was a local firm that I've been going to for some years. 6 months (ish)
    ago they were bought out by 'Joe Bloggs', their name now appears along with
    5 other business's. All the 'old boys' have been replaced with new
    mechanics, no two told the same story as to what they could or could not do
    or even if there would be a retest fee,(they have now decided not to charge
    me) the whole place was a shambles. They want life easy by just doing
    batteries, tyres, exhausts and MOT's.
    I will of course now take my business elsewhere. I find it increasingly
    harder to find any Garages interested in cars, so thank God for the

    Alistair Ross, Apr 23, 2004
  7. Alistair Ross

    David Taylor Guest

    me) the whole place was a shambles. They want life easy by just doing
    I know the feeling. In a hurry I took my Saab 9000 to a local one that
    just offered those type services, also failed on handbrake.

    Fortunately, they were willing to adjust them and as a bonus, the young
    lad that did it used to run a Saab 9000 and knew how to do it properly
    on that car.

    So I hear, there are lots of changes coming on the MOT front anyway from
    an admin and implementation side.

    David Taylor, Apr 24, 2004
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