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Old 24-06-2008   #1
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Rear drum problem

Hi, I've had a search and I think I know the problem.

When I first got the car I noticed that it had problems pulling off as if the handbrake was stuck on. I have a feeling somewhere the rear brakes are seized as it needs a bit of hardcore revving to push it past the bite so it wont stall.

Anyone know where exactly the problem might be, I heard before that sometimes the rear actuators? or something seize partially.

I don't know, I'm just guessing, but it this a hard job to sort out? How long would it take a garage normally?

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Re: Rear drum problem

First, check that it is the handbrake by feeling the drums after a run. If it is the rears, then the drum will be hot!

It may not be the handbrake, but that's as good a place to start as any. By no means a technically difficult job, more awkward.
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Re: Rear drum problem

It also has the problem when you clutch control, the car will dip, I mean a lot more than average.

Cheers fingers, will take it on a run in a bit and post results.

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Re: Rear drum problem

What is 'dip' please?

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Re: Rear drum problem

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It also has the problem when you clutch control, the car will dip, I mean a lot more than average.

Cheers fingers, will take it on a run in a bit and post results.

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you mean the back end dipping because the hand brake is on?
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you mean the back end dipping because the hand brake is on?
Yeah, thats where I was heading too.

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Re: Rear drum problem

Yeah, sorry that's what I meant. It does get quite annoying, the whole squat =/

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Re: Rear drum problem

Mine had this problem ,and I found it was the handbrake cable that had seized. Also if the actuaters are seized its not a big job to do, but its better to change them rather than trying to free them up.
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If you find its the cable. Make sure you get a Proper Fiat one if you replace it. I wasted a lot of time with a crappy one from a 'Italian car/fiat specialist' which was about 2 inches too long! The fiat part was cheaper too about 20 with postage from ebay!
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If you find its the cable. Make sure you get a Proper Fiat one if you replace it. I wasted a lot of time with a crappy one from a 'Italian car/fiat specialist' which was about 2 inches too long! The fiat part was cheaper too about 20 with postage from ebay!
Probably got the wrong one: if the car is a Cinq with Sei stalks (as fitted by the factory!) get a Sei one, otherwise a Cinq one.

It's always a good (but messy!) idea to lubricate the cables (I like motorcycle chain spray) before fitting. Just poke the straw thing in past the rubbers on the outer and blast away. (Don't do it in the house!)
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Re: Rear drum problem

Thanks guys, I'll have to take it down the garage and see what they say. I'm not sure about the cable, I live on a massive hill and the handbrake has to be up to it's max to keep me there. It'll stay but I prefer to keep it in gear :/

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Re: Rear drum problem

Let everyone know what the garage said, chances are it will be a siezed cross lever, easy fix - you should give it a go yourself before paying an expensive garage bill
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Thanks guys, I'll have to take it down the garage and see what they say. I'm not sure about the cable, I live on a massive hill and the handbrake has to be up to it's max to keep me there. It'll stay but I prefer to keep it in gear :/

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Start buying tools instead of paying the garage, then you can begin to work on your own car.

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Re: Rear drum problem

Hmmm, I'm just not very confident in replacing the shoes and cylinders. Maybe when I get a bit older, or join that motorsport engineering course next year heh.

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Re: Rear drum problem

Through breaking stuff you learn alot

Lucky for me, my brother had most of the tools i need.

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