How do I adjust the handbrake on '01 Pajero?




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    Default How do I adjust the handbrake on '01 Pajero?

    After buying it, I had the car serviced a couple of months ago.
    They messed up the front brakes and had to redo them.
    I had asked them to service the handbrake too and that seemed to be fine.
    Obviously, they "messed" that one up too because I discovered last week that one back rim became much hotter than the others (explaining the scary vibrations -> seizing brake , thanks to Bruce for that).

    As a layman, would I be able to release the handbrake cable/drum a little bit? And then, maybe, bring the car back to the workshop for verification/adjustment?

    I am handy, so if it is rather easy, please let me know how to do it or where to find a manual on the internet (2001 Pajero DiD lwb manual).

    Thanks, Karsten

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    By removing the cup holder in front of the console you gain access to the cable adjuster.
    But this will adjust both brakes and not only one.
    If you want to adjust only one you will have to remove the wheel and disc to gain access to the handbrake linings inside the drum.
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    Hi Karsten,

    Please see the attachment from my service manual. I got my manual from: http://www.datamanuals.net/mitsubish...ir-manuals.htm

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    Thanks Herlu i just bought myself the manual R120.00 for the download thatís nothing.
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    Turbo,
    you downloaded the manual? 425mb? How long did it take you with what kind of ADSL line?
    Tato

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    Dear Herlu,
    in the meantime, would you be so kind to email me a larger/better version of the page you posted above as a thumbnail?
    Thanks,
    Tato (k at SunCape.com)

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    The manual is for free on the Pajero owners forum....

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    Christiaan

    Do you have a link to these manuals on the Pajero forum?

    Deon.

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    Free is always better.
    It didn’t take to long unfortunately I didn’t check the time
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    Default Handbrake cable blocked/seized? What now?

    Hi there.
    The adjuster under the cupholder, yes, that't how it looks like (manual). Unfortunately, releasing that one doesn't release the pads.
    Does that mean that it is NOT a question of adustment, BUT of something (dirt) blocking the pads or the cable?

    By the way, my rear breaks (handbreak pads) don't look at all like the one in the manual. I just checked, the website (manual) doesn't say for which models it is valid.
    So what next (if I don't want to risk the pads seizing again, while driving to mechanic)?
    Tato

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    The handbrake work on drum brakes in the center of the discs so they can not be seen unless you remove the wheel, caliper and disc/drum.
    If I remember correctly you can adjust the drums as well.
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    If you look at the attached you can see the adjuster at the bottom unfortunately they didnít number it.
    It fits between the bottom part of the brake shoes.
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    Default Loosening the disk with a hammer lelped :-)

    Thanks, Herlu.

    Knocking the disk loosened it, now the wheel turns almost free.
    I tried to remove the caliper, but the nuts were too tight.
    I half broke my (cheap automatic) wrench. I didn't have a better wrench to take of the caliper AND also ran out of time, so put back on the wheel.

    How does it look like? This seizing of the handbrake, is that due to age/rust/dirt/water?
    Therefor (?), shouldn't it be part of a full service/inspection to take of the disks, even when the breaks are working fine?
    Just wondering ...

    Should I service the handbreaks?
    Or is it enough to hammer them loose every 10000km?

    Tato

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    I would suggest that you service them.
    Maybe lubricate all the moving bits with copper slip.
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    Hi Tato,

    The light tapping with the hammer is only supposed to help you get the disks off when you want to inspect / replace the disk or the drum brake pads inside. There must be a reason for the brakes seizing up, and you need to search until you find it.

    It might be that the servicing agent re-soled or replaced the drum brake disks during the service, which would explain why they are that tight. The fact that one is getting notably hotter than the other means that you have to open it up, and adjust that specific one.

    The bolts holding the calliper are also not supposed to be tightened that much (see the attached file for torque settings). It might have gotten a little stuck with the excessive heat generated by the seizing brake.

    I think the best is to take it to any brake repair shop, and have them do the adjustment while you watch. Brakes are a high risk item that needs to work every time.

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    Yip,
    need to service them. Made a short trip yesterday, brake(s) started seizing again.

    Regarding the manual: Does it cover all the Generation 3 Pajeros?
    (I couldn't find it in this forum either)
    Thanks

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    Hi Tato,

    I am not sure whether the manual covers all the Gen 3 models, the manual does not say. It does however cover my 2000 model gen3, and I think your '01 as well.

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    The PDF manuel seems to cover all gen3’s
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