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Old 14-02-2010   #1
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How do you adjust a Ducato Handbrake?

Hi,

Searched forums but couldnt find anything on the adjustment of the Ducato handbrake adjustment....just a lot about it being too low and in the wrong place !
it is a Fiat Ducato 14 Motorhome (2001 Model) single rear wheel (Axle)

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Re: How do you adjust a Ducato Handbrake?

See previous post on seized handbrake for adjustment on handbrake "drum in hat" disc type. This procedure would be similar for models with rear drums only & should be performed first.
- http://www.fiatforum.com/ducato/2259...ake-stuck.html

The following are basic instructions there are also other adjustments that can be made.
With the vehicle on the ground - can be done with the wheels on the ground if you can fit under the vehicle - also a lot safer.
With the handbrake lever in the rest position, unlock the locknut (1d). adjust
the front cable adjustment nut (1a) until the lever (1b) just touches the "end of travel position" on the bracket (1c);
With the handbrake lever still at the rest position.
1.Then tighten the front adjustment nut (1a) till the inner cable end is just contacting the lever when at the end of travel position. (see bottom pic) then tighten locknut. (1d)
2.With that adjusted apply the handbrake lever to see how much travel the lever has. Then using the the lower illustration in the top pic adjust the rear cable adjuster (1) so that when the handbrake is applied it only moves 3-4 notches on the ratchet.
Tighten the locknut (3).
Refit the rear wheels. (if still removed) Remove the vehicle from the lift.
Check that the handbrake is working correctly & lever travel is as above.
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Re: How do you adjust a Ducato Handbrake?

Does the vehicle have the old style drum brakes rather than the newer 'top hat' type? If so the shoes will wear down during use as opposed to the 'top hat' set-up where they don't.

To compensate for this it will have self-adjusters inside the drum which probably have ceased to do so! Take the drum off and rotate the toothed wheel of the adjuster until the shoes are as close to the refitted drum as possible without dragging, remembering to keep the shoes centralised in the drum during this procedure.

You may well find that this procedure will restore the handbrake efficiency without needing to adjust the cable. In fact don't adjust the cable until you have checked shoe clearance

Usual H&S warning; don't attempt work on the braking system unless you are competent in DIY mechanics
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