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Old 18-10-2012   #1
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Handbrake plastic

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In my 2008 Bravo plastic around the handbrake is fully broken and I have a hole.
Want to know if someone has a pdf with instructions how to dismantle the central part around the handbrake to get to this plastic so I can repair it.

Thnx ....
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Re: Handbrake plastic

That gap is normal. Ive heard you can turn around the plastic and it doesn't show a gap.
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Are you sure that's normal? I just never took the time to notice when I took delivery of my car; I only noticed that gap in mine a little later. I am also curious about what options I have to fix that.
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Re: Handbrake plastic

No, it's not normal.
A lot of carmates have had this problem.
https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo/2250...ake-lever.html
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Re: Handbrake plastic

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No, it's not normal.
A lot of carmates have had this problem.
https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo/2250...ake-lever.html
Ah mine is broke then, got told by @LeighJet150 it was normal
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Mines the same. Normal to be broken I think is what he ment
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Stari...jebeno je to tudi razdirati... When I got my Bravo it was broken too, but I demanded that they should change the plastic under warranty. And so they did.I asked how they took it a part, and if I remember they started from the top where arm rest should be, and than from the rear. So they told me...I hope it helps. Keep it up, and cheers to Croatia.
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Thanks for the ideas but still need guidance on how to dismantle the center console, because unfortunately a small piece of plastic that broke off and missing fell somewhere in there, so I need all to disassemble ...
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Re: Handbrake plastic

you can literally just bend the plastic so it pulls out, the broken piece will be easy to reach with your hand, when fitting it back in turn it around and you loose most of the gap, another bit of cheap design, I think the plastic cogs on the climate motors use the same stuff as they are just as brittle
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Mine is also broken, been thinking of replacing it with something like.. a piece of black leather glued to a piece of soft plastic (like a PET bottle). Cut the laminated piece to the form of the original plastic.. and stick it in.
It would be flexible enough not to brake and hopefully rigid enough to stay in place.

What do you think?
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Re: Handbrake plastic

Not sure if there is any point fixing it really - the replacement will only do the same won't it
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Small update as far as replacing broken plastic.
I managed to remove the plastic from the back of the center console (see the picture) so I have easier access to remove the broken plastic and I managed to find a small piece that broke off.
Of a thin flexible plastic and thick paper and using old plastic I made a new piece that I'm on both sides sticked with carbon wrap that looks attractive.
All that remains is mounting in the car and if I do it successfully will post pics to see how it looks.
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Re: Handbrake plastic

mines broken too, in the same spot. I didn't even noticed until about a month after I bought it.
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Re: Handbrake plastic

i just bought a black with red stitch and threw that in
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Re: Handbrake plastic

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That gap is normal. Ive heard you can turn around the plastic and it doesn't show a gap.
Its only "normal" when its broken!
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