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Old 21-09-2006   #1
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handbrake adjustment

would anyone be kind enough to tell me how to adjust the hand brake on a stilo 1.6 dynamic????? Any help would be appreciated
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Very simple one this go to the rear passenger seats and you will see an ash tray between the front seats remove the ash tray and undo the 6 screws holding in the black ashtray surround pull this away and you will see the adjustment rod for the handbrake adjustment and with the hand brake off adjust until you have 4 clicks on the hand brake refit the ashtray surround and 6 screws and insert the ash tray Ta Daaaa jobby done 15 Min's tops
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Re: handbrake adjustment

I shall need to do this after the tow from my breakdown to my cousins gaff.
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Just done mine, you're right Batty PNL, it is an easy one, makes a change for the Stilo!
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Re: handbrake adjustment

There is actually a guide for this one...
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Yep there is chris in post two
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Re: handbrake adjustment

lol....but it's not got purdy pictures like Decks' one

Bet you can't wait for me to beggar off to Germany can you
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Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMClark View Post
lol....but it's not got purdy pictures like Decks' one

Bet you can't wait for me to beggar off to Germany can you
I'm not into pics and porn like Decks but just for you heres one I did earlier befor the operation




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Re: handbrake adjustment

Already seen that one....




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How bout this one?



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....old man

How bout this one?



Before I realised contacts were ghey and uncomfotable.
not as good looking as me but thats not your fault is it lol
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Re: handbrake adjustment

Talk about off topic...think we'd better stop it now

I've never been able to get my handbrake right. I tighten it up, then a couple of days later it'll be slack again, but still holds the car rock solid. I think it's because when me and my mate changed the rear pads, we didn't slacken off the cable first. We were to preoccupied with how the smeg to rewind the pistons
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Re: handbrake adjustment

It's pretty much auto-adjusting anyway - I wouldn't worry about it.
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When I first bought my stilo I always though the hand brake was fine and held the car on the steepest hills ..both facing up and down the hills ..also read on here about engaging the first gear while parking as a safety feature because some people had their car roll away on them ..and that's one issue I NEVER had with the car .. then came MOT day and although it passed I had one advisory ..the hand brake was in need of adjustment and had only just got though on it when I got home it was the first thing I did ..it was coming up and clicking on 6 times and I tightened it down so that it click up just 4 times ..think I could park it on the side of Everest now and she wouldn't move
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Mine has always been rock solid too

I think the problem of roll away Stilos is more an issue for the boy racers who come to a screaming halt and then apply the handbrake with the rear discs still glowing red
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Re: handbrake adjustment

I believe that Chris is right on the money here - except on the subject of contact lenses that is, contacts are great! Why have a large and approximate piece of glass/plastic suspended in front of your eyes with gaps at the edges (and no wiper-blades!) when you could have a lens that's exactly the right size and optically clear. I hate glasses and I never wore them, which amazed the optometrist considering that my prescription was -5.00 both eyes.

As for the photos, possibly a bit off topic but at least it's reassuring that we're a mixed-age group, none of the 'old-man-car' accusations flying when I had an Alfa Romeo 164.

Anyway - when replacing rear disc pads on other FIATs (and I'm sure the Stilo is very similar) I've found it's ESSENTIAL to slacken off the handbrake cable! This helps the pistons wind back in and also ensures that the self-adjusters operate correctly. Once you've given the brake pedal ten prods or so, you can retighten the handbrake. Thanks PNL for showing us how to make the adjustment!

It's now something that I do *before* having problems with the pad change, though I used to have a fight and then find the handbrake unsatisfactory (it ends up being less effective even if it's really tight). I haven't had a problem since this discovery (out of desperation when I couldn't get the pistons to turn back in, or I got one back in and not the other).

Given that this applied to my X1/9, my Croma, my Lancia Thema, my Uno Turbo, someone's Coupe, another X1/9, and of course the 164, I'm pretty confident it will apply to the Stilo as well, but correct me if not

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