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Does anyone know how long they are supposed to last? My 00 9-3 has 76K miles on it and the guy and qwikfit says the handbrake shoes are worn out to nearly 1.5 mm and need to be replaced soon. Does that make sense after 76K?
 

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How they could be worn. They hardly ever used. If you use them properly they should last forever. Us them as the parking brake on hills that’s what they are for.
 

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How they could be worn. They hardly ever used. If you use them properly they should last forever. Us them as the parking brake on hills that’s what they are for.
Ofcourse, that's what I thought as well.
Apart from a forgetting to release the hand brake for a couple of times (for a few hundred meters) they haven't been subjected to any harsh behaviour!
Mind you, I had them adjusted at last service and since then there was a screetchy noise that turned out to be coming from around there... could the "specialist" have tightened it too much and it was gently rubbing all the time? Or a problem with the cable? Or the rotor?
 

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ashimashi said:
Does anyone know how long they are supposed to last? My 00 9-3 has 76K miles on it and the guy and qwikfit says the handbrake shoes are worn out to nearly 1.5 mm and need to be replaced soon. Does that make sense after 76K? NO [/QUOTE]
How was he able to determine this ?
Mine are 150K miles old, should outlast the car; the only maintenance necessary is properly adjusting the cables - which are on their last legs..

But there are people who drive with the handbrake on , over and over - so this could explain it.

Anyone here remember steering the car with the handbrake ? The old MGs were fun(for some) as one had just pull on the the handle without pressing any button...

What/where is "qwikfit" ?? Is it equivalent to our "JiffyLube" ??
 

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ashimashi said:
Does anyone know how long they are supposed to last? My 00 9-3 has 76K miles on it and the guy and qwikfit says the handbrake shoes are worn out to nearly 1.5 mm and need to be replaced soon. Does that make sense after 76K? NO [/QUOTE]
How was he able to determine this ?
Mine are 150K miles old, should outlast the car; the only maintenance necessary is properly adjusting the cables - which are on their last legs..

But there are people who drive with the handbrake on , over and over - so this could explain it.

Anyone here remember steering the car with the handbrake ? The old MGs were fun(for some) as one had just pull on the the handle without pressing any button...

What/where is "qwikfit" ?? Is it equivalent to our "JiffyLube" ??
I went there to see if they can determine source of a noise and the lad had a test drive (with me in the car) and after some hard driving pinpointed it to handbrake operation on rear LH wheel.
Back in the garage he unloaded the wheel and rotor and had a look at the inside of the drum. The shoes did look a bit on the thin side, around 1.5mm alright. I really didn't drive much with them on, only forgot a couple of times, that shouldntt have much to do with it. Replacing it is not much of a problem as I have a reasonably priced mechanic but the thing is WHY should it be like that at only 76K. Unless the wife has been driving with them on all the time!!

Yes, I remember hand brake turns, I did lots of them in a version of Talbot years ago in an evil country :)

And yes, qwikfit is kind of irish equivalent of JiffyLube.
 

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The specified minimum for the handbrake shoes is 2 mm, probably because they do not wear down if adjusted properly. That can take some effort because there are two separate adjustments, one under the car for the cable (to account for cable stretch), and one at the wheel, for the shoes and related mechanism. The handbrake is actually explained pretty well in the Haynes manual, including a note about letting the brake rotors cool down before adjustment.
 
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